Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Panhandling in Columbia
As someone who wants to think of themselves as a giving person to let a person like this young woman pass by and not give her something left me feeling a little guilty. Is giving money to local organizations like Grassroots a better way to help a homeless person? Should we just give to every individual that approaches us with the knowledge that most will use it in ways that we would feel taken advantage of but that for some it might be truly needed? Should being charitable on a macro level justify ignoring charity on an individual level with panhandlers? Something that puzzles and troubles me as we enter this "season of giving." Anyone have any knowledge of the story behind these young woman panhandlers?
For anyone looking to reach out in this season of giving to someone in need in our community Grassroots, Community Action Council and the Salvation Army are local organizations that can identify ways to help individuals in our community.
Posted by duanestclair at 4:13 AM