Where does your change go?

Walking through some areas of San Francisco can be a wrenching experience for people because of the number of panhandlers asking for change. Some look pathetic, some are aggressive, while others are friendly and confiding. What is a compassionate person to do? The Mayor’s idea of providing specific parking meters where change can be dropped instead of given to individuals might be a winner. We all know the heartbreak and health problems that can come out of putting money into the hands of people who are not able to handle it responsibly. Does the glow of seeing yourself as a generous person outweigh the worry about what may result from your gift? Many people would prefer to channel their generosity to organizations which will responsibly help those in need in the city. Let’s hope the mayor moves forward quickly on this projct so we can see improved lives for many San Franciscans and improved civility on our streets.

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