Friday, May 15, 2009

What to do with the poor

At one of the Church's here in Steubenville there is always at least one person begging for money as people head in for mass. I've been confronted by these people many times and more often than not (I am a college student after all) I don't have any money. I also happen to know that these people don't respond to invitations to meals (i.e. not money). My problem is that I would like to help these people but I don't want to give them money for two reason: (1) I have very little and (2) I don't know what they would spend it on. So what do we do in a situation like this? It has gotten to the point that I literally turn the other way and hurry into Church because I just don't know what to say or do. Help!


Laura said...

I have a friend whose daughter carries around in her car what she calls "bum bags" (I know it doesn't sound too good!). In it she has things to eat and drink and a plastic fork or spoon to eat it with. It doesn't cost a lot and she feels like she's helping them in some way by giving them food to eat and not money they can spend on "other" items. Hope that gives you some "food for thought"!
God Bless.

Marcus Toft said...

What a great idea - thanks Laura!