Watch the video of this incredible advert
okay but if you see a homeless person begging for money do not give it to them
donate to a trustworthy, non-profit shelter/center
many homeless people have developed addictions to drugs or alcohol to cope with the position they are in and might spend the money in the wrong places
if you donate money to a shelter/center they will spend it in the right places and they will be able to get more for your dollars and get more food, water, and other resources because a lot of these centers/ charities are affiliated with companies that with give them discounts
Imagine that you’re in public and you have some kind of attack and you need immediate first aid, like CPR.
And people are just passing you by on the street, but someone says, “Don’t worry, I’m a doctor, I work at a hospital.”
And you feel this glimmer of hope welling up inside you, but then they continue.
"And I’m about to go work at that hospital, where I will treat people far more effectively than could be done on the street. Chin up!"
And they leave.
Not every city has enough shelters for every homeless person in their limits, in fact most don’t. Also although about 80% of people who are chronically homeless have struggled with addiction at some point in their lives, only between 38% and 50% have co-occurring addiction. That means there is a 50% chance that if you hand someone a few dollars they will use it to buy food and water and be able to continue living without passing out or facing serious nutritional issues. Literally a 50% chance that you could actually be helping someone on the brink of starvation or at the very least discomfort. I’ll take those odds any day.
I mean honestly what kind of heartless person can justify not giving someone a few dollars (assuming you have it to spare) because you have given it to an organization that, sure, might benefit that person, but most likely won’t.
It’s like if a homeless person asks you for money but you already gave your last spare change to someone a few minutes ago. Great, that’s good, you are helping someone. But don’t tell it to this person as though you have done them any kind of favor. It’s not “oh don’t worry, you’re all set, I fed someone five blocks away!” its “I’m very sorry but I am out of change.”
Giving to shelters is admirable. But it doesn’t mean you have helped the specific person in front of you. At the very least if you are that worried about them using your $2 to buy drugs, offer to buy them a sandwich. Most will gratefully accept.
honestly if I was homeless I would want drugs or alcohol, to cope with being fucking homeless. the reason people ask for money is because they need it, I don’t question if the paycheck from the worker at a coffee shop goes to buying weird sex services why should I remotely care what giving money to a human being who is obviously in desperate need of SOMETHING is going to use that money for??? give homeless people money, to give them money means you’re helping them survive even if survival means a temporary fix of heroin, you’re still helping person live for another day. don’t think about it in terms of “good” or “bad” help, just give another human being enough compassion to help them survive another day without dying