Donating to the Homeless – Is it Helping or Enabling?


Here’s a loaded question – Is giving to individual homeless people a charitable thing to do or is enabling scammers?

Here’s what a few GenFringe Facebook Fans said:

Irish Joe Harrison – Not only is it enabling scammers, it is enabling those in need to remain in need rather than try to improve their situation.

Tony Ledwell – I do not give money. I give food stuffs and clothing through a trusted homeless ministry.

Bobby Jackson – Enabling

John Stossel of Fox News is being slammed by liberal sites because of a segment he did on the homeless. He dressed as a homeless man and made the point of how easy it is to get scammed. He said that giving money to the poor in this fashion is enabling them.

Read more at genfringe

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  • classicsforever

    Let me put it this way: I’ve personally seen people accept boxes of food who smoke cigarettes ($40 – $50 per carton), are so overweight they can hardly walk, own all the pleasures of life (cell phones, large screen TV’s, etc.) and drive cars better than mine. All true.

    As for the so-called “homeless”, there are those in real need and those who are bums who don’t want to work. I’ve known both. Most are of the latter category. I’ve even known of jobs offered to some of these people and they have refused the offer. I suppose they would rather make an easy $50 a day doing nothing than work for more. I’ll help anyone in REAL need. The lazy bums can expect nothing.

  • Skeptics

    Yes, that WAS jesus message wasn’t it – screw the poor!

    “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’

    Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’

    And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.'”
    (Matthew 25.35-40 ESV)

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