“Give your cash directly and unconditionally to homeless people.
“Don’t just buy them a sandwich from Pret. They’re not four. They have the right to spend their money as they choose – and it is their money, once given.”
“Don’t second-guess whether people are ‘really’ homeless. Those who think begging is a shortcut to easy money should try humiliating themselves daily in front of thousands of total strangers who won’t even look at them or acknowledge their existence. It is gruelling, soul-destroying work. If people are desperate enough to beg, they need it.”
“Many street beggars are addicts, yes. Do addicts not deserve food? Wouldn’t you want to drink if you were in their position? Don’t you get drunk every weekend to cope with work stress anyway? Who are you to tell them what to do with their bodies?”
“…charities that push the narrative that ‘kindness kills’ as they tout for your donations. Do not believe them. Apathy and austerity kill. Your kindness saves lives.”
I did not write this, but I do wholeheartedly agree with the above statements. The original article can be found here.