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reply to post by SEEWHATUDO
Just what I do:
Instead of sending money away somewhere, got to a store and buy small flashlights, wool caps and socks. Go downtown and find some homeless looking types and hand the stuff out. They will be real grateful. Most of them are cold, have itchy feet and stumble about in the dark.
If you want to hand out food, buy those microwavable cup of soups, hot chocolate packs and granola bars. Anything singly wrapped. All homeless have a favorite 7-11 nearby that has water and a microwave. Makes a warm spot in the stomach before bed.
You are giving them needful things not money, so you can feel better that you directly helped someone and they are a little more comfortable tonight. You aren't curing anything just making it a little easier to get thru the day.
Some Other items:
small bottles of soap or lotion
plastic garbage sacks
your recyclable cans and plastic bottles
cans of beans or chili, soups
unused used camping gear like sleeping bags
plastic forks, spoons and napkin packs
toilet paper (single ply)