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Is donating to panhandlers money well spent?

September 3, 2019


FIND OUT HOW THEY SPEND THEIR MONEY. IF YOU WANT TO TRULY HELP THOSE IN NEED, IS THERE A BETTER WAY? CHRISTIAN BEACH HAS CLAIMED HIS SPOT ON THE MEDIAN STRIP AT THE FRANKLIN ARTERIAL. HE’S 31, HIS SIGN SAYS HE’S HOMELESS, ANYTHING HELPS. SO ARE YOU ABLE TO MAKE SOME MONEY?>>YEAH, I DO ALRIGHT. TWENTY, THIRTY BUCKS AND I’M OUT OF HERE. I’M OUT HERE MAYBE TWO OR THREE TIMES A WEEK. JIM: WHAT DO YOU USE IT FOR?>>CIGARETTES, COFFEE. THE BASICS. JIM: WHAT ABOUT FOOD?>>FOOD, WE GET FED. JIM: PREBLE STREET HAS — BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER. HE SAYS A BAD HIP PREVENTS HIM FROM WORKING, HIS WALKER IS STUFFED WITH DONATIONS FROM DRIVERS WHO STOP. CHRISTIAN: POPCORN, POP-TARTS, CADBERRY CREAM EGGS. JIM: THIS IS WHAT PEOPLE GAVE YOU?>>YEAH, THIS IS WHAT PEOPLE GAVE ME. I’M SO APPRECIATIVE. I’M SO GRATEFUL FOR ANYTHING THAT’S GIVEN TO ME. JIM: A RECENT CONFRONTATION INVOLVING PANHANDLERS AND A MOTHER AND DAUGHTER IN TOPSHAM THIS WEEKEND, CAPTURED ON A CELL PHONE. THE WOMAN HOLDING HER OWN SIGN, . JIM: WHAT DO YOU SAY TO PEOPLE WHO SAY THAT YOU ARE A FRAUD?>>MYSELF, YOU CAN TAKE ONE LOOK AT ME AND SEE I’M NOT A FRAUD. I’M IN SO MUCH PAIN RIGHT NOW, MAN. JIM: BUT COULD YOUR MONEY BE BETTER SPENT? SERVICE AGENCIES SAY YES THEY ARE HAPPY TO ACCEPT EVERY DONATION. OVER AT THE FREEPORT COMMUNITY CENTER, 600 VOLUNTEERS HELP TO FEED 500 PEOPLE EACH MONTH. THERE’S A THRIFT SHOP AND OTHER SERVICES FOR PEOPLE IN NEED.>>WHEN YOU DONATE FIVE DOLLARS TO SOMEONE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD, THAT IS ABSOLUTELY YOUR CHOICE, BUT YOU ARE NOT QUITE CERTAIN WHERE THAT FUNDING WILL GO. WHEN YOU DONATE TO AN AGENCY LIKE FREEPORT COMMUNITY SERVICES, THAT FIVE DOLLARS IS ENOUGH TO BUY SOMEBODY AN ENTIRE OUTFIT FROM OUR THRIFT SHOP. ALSO FOR FIVE DOLLARS, YOU CAN FEED AN ENTIRE PERSON FOR ONE WEEK. JIM: AS FOR THE TWO PANHANDLERS

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