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REAL HELP TAKES TIME, NOT MONEY
I agree with eyeofstorm.|
Many of you are missing the point. What if, instead of helping beggars - by giving them money - you're actually hurting them - and others, too???
When you give money to a beggar, even "one or two coins", you are creating MORE beggars. Is this what you want? Because this is exactly what happens.
If you really want to help a beggar, you've got to STOP and give them your time. Find out where they live, what is the origin of their problem, etc....
Then, if they don't have a home, you've got to take them (yes, truly helping someone is going to take real time) to a shelter. (I've done this so I know of what I speak.) By the way, fear not, most of the beggars you meet don't want your help, THEY WANT YOUR MONEY!
In fact, only twice have I taken beggars to shelters. ALL of the other times I've been told "NO", just give me some money. One of the two times was on a very cold night, and the shelter was already closed, but I persisted and the workers finally came to see that both I and the beggar were serious about getting him some help.
REAL HELP TAKES TIME, NOT MONEY!