March 23, 2003 at 12:00 am #36566
I have done a lot of community service working with the homeless and you are absolutely right in not giving them money. More than 50 percent of panhandlers are not homeless, and the great majority will use the money to get drunk or high. However, they are not homeless 'by choice.' If you are feeling stingy, consider donating to a homeless shelter, where you know your money will actually help the homeless. Giving money directly to the people will often do more harm than good.