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The rescue missions say this is a good way to give to those panhandlers holding up signs on the street. You can make up a kit. They say "Don't give them money".

ITEMS TO INCLUDE:

 

A typical Care Kit consists of a watertight gallon-size zipper lock plastic bag filled with items like:

  • Water bottle
  • Socks
  • Tuna and crackers
  • Granola Bar or cereal bar
  • Fruit snack or applesauce cup
  • Crackers with peanut butter or cheese
  • Gift certificate to fast food
  • Hand wipes
  • Pack of Kleenex
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Nail clippers
  • Band Aids
  • Chapstick
  • Comb or small brush
  • Mints, cough drops or gum
  • Note of encouragement or uplifting Bible verse

 

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Then others say, just give them money if they ask, it’s between them and God what they do with it.

Matthew 5:42 
[42] Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.

 

 

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If its in an area that is safe for me to park, I will get them lunch. You can buy bibles for a dollar at the dollar store. 

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4 hours ago, Yowm said:

Then others say, just give them money if they ask, it’s between them and God what they do with it.

Matthew 5:42 
[42] Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.

 

 

The police in our area discourage giving money  to pan handlers.  We have them on every street corner it seems.  They know how to game the system.  They are not as homeless as you think.   Some of them are homeless by choice because they are sex offenders and don't want to have disclose it when they apply for a job or an apartment.

They can make upwards of $100 day in donations and it is all tax free.    The police in our area discourage giving to pan handlers because it helps many of them stay off of the sex offender registry.

If they are truly needy there are lots of places for them to go, at least in my city.

I do like Jade's idea of giving them necessities instead of money.

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"Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need."

 

"For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat."

 

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9 hours ago, missmuffet said:

The rescue missions say this is a good way to give to those panhandlers holding up signs on the street. You can make up a kit. They say "Don't give them money".

ITEMS TO INCLUDE:

 

A typical Care Kit consists of a watertight gallon-size zipper lock plastic bag filled with items like:

  • Water bottle
  • Socks
  • Tuna and crackers
  • Granola Bar or cereal bar
  • Fruit snack or applesauce cup
  • Crackers with peanut butter or cheese
  • Gift certificate to fast food
  • Hand wipes
  • Pack of Kleenex
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Nail clippers
  • Band Aids
  • Chapstick
  • Comb or small brush
  • Mints, cough drops or gum
  • Note of encouragement or uplifting Bible verse

 

Personally I would change that gift certificate for fast food to a grocery gift card or if you are going the fast food option make sure it is a place that serves relatively healthy fare, like Subway.

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18 minutes ago, Neighbor said:

"For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat."

You don't always know the reason why someone is not working. It is best not to judge. Of cores if I know someone to be a scheming moocher( a I do) That is a different story altogether. Anyway, I always ask God what he wants me to do when I see someone holding a "in need" sign in a parking lot somewhere. If God tells me to help then I help. If not, I move on. Maybe God is testing me?  I am more likely to stop for a women then I am a man.  And if they have children I find it hard to walk away from that. It is just how I am. If they are scheming that is on them. Something they will have to explain when they stand before God.  I think the care box is a good ideal. Anyway that is my take on the matter. 

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9 hours ago, Yowm said:

Then others say, just give them money if they ask, it’s between them and God what they do with it.

Matthew 5:42 
[42] Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.

 

 

But if you are truly trying to help them you need to make sure they dont spend that money on booze smokes or drugs. Because many will. You have to use some discernment here. Therefore I like the idea of giving them necessities

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3 minutes ago, TheMatrixHasU71 said:

But if you are truly trying to help them you need to make sure they dont spend that money on booze smokes or drugs. Because many will. You have to use some discernment here. Therefore I like the idea of giving them necessities

This brings to mind what my church does. We have two grocery stores in town. One sells beer, and smokes. The other does not sell any beer or smokes. My church if someone is in needing help getting groceries. My church will collect food for them and also give them a gift card to the grocery store that does not sell beer or smokes. I know this because I was on the receiving end of it a few times when things got a bit tight. 

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6 minutes ago, TheMatrixHasU71 said:

But if you are truly trying to help them you need to make sure they dont spend that money on booze smokes or drugs. Because many will. You have to use some discernment here. Therefore I like the idea of giving them necessities

As I said, ‘others say’, and I believe their reason is also valid...’it is between them and God, what they do with the money’.

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