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What is a good way to help poor/unfortunate people without giving them money?

Please list some ideas. Also, if you can, list websites and books that give some ideas. I should mention that I don't believe giving people money is the answer. First of all, most people will just blow it away so they are no different than before. If I gave them food, the same argument could be made. It keeps them right where they are because if you hand things to them, they have no incentive to work. There must be something a person can do that will help them out w/o keeping them where they are.

Asked By: - 2/9/2012
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Here's what we do: food help - emergency food packages and community meals. Clothes Days - we have one of those coming up this Sat. A gas in gas tank (or a gas card) to help someone get to Dr or start a job work assistance where someone earns the help they need. Pay something directly to the landlord doctor, power... More
Answered By: A F - 2/9/2012
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Give them your phone number
Answered By: rachel - 2/9/2012
 
Clean clothes, hygiene items are excellent, food is a must. I work as a cook in a half-way house, I know what they want, but getting what you need is more important. Also, every year a group of nice people put together 50 presents and there in Publix gift bags, they contain, writing tablets, pens, and stamped envelopes... More
Answered By: John Fahlsing - 2/9/2012
 
If that's how you feel then give them a stack of job applications and a book about how to find employment.
Answered By: Melissa - 2/9/2012
 
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