I live in a very transient area. Meaning, many people move here, stay for a short season, and move on. It also means that there are quite a few needs here. Many people living day to day, not sure where their next paycheck or meal will come from. Due to this we also have those that stand on the side of the road and ask for money.
Now I realize that there are those with true needs out there, those who are left with no other options than to grab a sign and stand on the side of the road and hope for the best. But I also realize that many of these folks are not searching for their next meal or a helping hand but simply money to go buy alcohol or drugs. Recently I came across a solution for this that was genius!
This is not my idea, I stole it from my cousin, and she possibly stole it from someone else. But here are some items you will need:
Ziplock bags (gallon or larger)
Canned food (with pop tops)
Gift card to a fast food restaurant/grocery store
Other small necessities
Fill the bag and stick it in your car. Then the next time you see someone on the side of the road with a sign you can give them a bag. You will not be enabling those who are trying to feed an addiction but you might be giving enough help to keep someone going.
This is a great project to do with your kids. They will have fun finding things to fill the bag with as well as learn great lessons on giving.