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    I have a habit of giving smokes to people jonesing for a cigarette and money for booze to alcoholics. If I have change and someone approaches me and asks it's not my place to tell them how to spend it.

    I'm an alcoholic, twenty years sober but I still smoke. It's my vice and I like it. There was a time in my life when all I needed was a drink, period. All the yelling in the world wouldn't have made me sober.  I'm not about to do that to some poor person who is in need. They'll clean up when and if they want to. Maybe I can help them make it through the afternoon.

    Charity is about giving, not dictating. The man in your story who embarrassed the hungry guy was just stroking his own ego.

    "The scientific nature of the ordinary man is to go on out and do the best you can." John Prine

    by high uintas on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 09:24:32 PM PST

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    •  thank you for saying this - charity is dropping (12+ / 0-)

      the coins in the red bucket, handing quickly the sandwich, the dollar, the gift without forcing the recipient to grovel in return.

      when i was going home for mom's memorial service, i saw an older homeless guy in the grassy median of the freeway in atlanta.  i was stuck in traffic so i reached for change with his face lighting up.  i only had a twenty - nothing smaller - so he got it.

      a few yards down was one more guy - he got the second one.

      what did i get?  the beauty of their expressions when they realized they had just earned enough for a hot meal or two!  and, i got two beautiful smiles - well worth it, imho.  i got more than i gave - i got the joy back.

      EdriesShop Is it kind? is it true? is it necessary?

      by edrie on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 10:07:11 PM PST

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