Good Reason To NOT Give Money To Illinois Panhandlers
If you're torn about giving money to panhandlers, here is a good reason to NOT do it.
Homelessness And Hunger Are Huge Problems In Our World
I hear people complaining about the Rockford panhandlers all the time. Some believe the problem is just here in our city. Unfortunately, it's everywhere. Does giving money help or hurt more?
Awkwardness Of Seeing A Panhandler In Rockford
I know that I'm not the only one that feels this way in Rockford. The dread of having to stop at the front of an intersection. There's a good chance of a panhandler standing just a few feet from my vehicle looking for cash. It's a completely awkward situation. Should you give them money or ignore them?
It's a moral dilemma. I was brought up to help people that need assistance. I really do want to do something. How will that money be used? I've heard the stories through the years but what's the truth?
Should You Donate To Panhandlers?
I've been wanting to ask this question for a long time. I wasn't sure how to do it. Luckily, I finally found my answer thanks to Miss Carly's. It's a 501-c3 nonprofit organization in Rockford that helps homeless people. To find out more, HERE. They recently shared an amazing post on their Facebook page. Please give it a quick read because I believe you will learn a lot about panhandlers because I definitely did.
Good Reason To Not Give Money To Panhandlers
According to Miss Carly's Facebook page,
I, personally, don’t know any panhandlers who do not buy drugs with the money they panhandle for.
YOU can help that happen even sooner by NOT giving them any money and we can get them into drug treatment.
Other Ways To Help During The Holidays
I thought this was perfect timing to share this info because the holidays are just starting. It's the time for giving so the residents of Rockford become very generous. Instead of giving panhandlers money, you can help in other ways. Donate to programs that are designed to help homeless people. If you want to assist more directly, put together care packages with hygiene products and other life essentials. Then hand them out to panhandlers who cross your path.