What is the best way to help people begging on the streets -- give money to them or to charity?
many people beg on the streets. do you think that people should give a little whenever they can or is it better to make a donation to a social organisation that focuses on the problem?
In my opinion, donating to local charities is more effective than giving money to individual beggars. Here are some reasons for this:
- Many beggars in the United States are in some way addicted to alcohol or drugs. It is likely that the money that you give them will go to purchase these instead of food (which is probably what you want to help them with).
- It is likely that many of the beggars you see are people who need a lot of help (counseling, education) to get out of poverty and homelessness. If you give them money, they might be able to eat today. But it is more important to give money to charities that will feed them AND will help them gain the skills they need to some day get work.
My family is experiencing housing problems.
Can we count on the help of good people?