There are a lot of people out there, myself included, who don’t give money to homeless people for fear it’ll be used for alcohol or drugs, thereby making the problem worse.
But there are alternatives, one of which is beautifully described by this kind-hearted American couple.
These people make up backpacks full of stuff any homeless person would gladly make use of. By visiting thrift stores and dollar stores costs are kept to a minimum, but the result could help keep a homeless person fed, watered, clean, and warm.
There are some claiming this isn’t any kind of solution, but surely it’s better than doing nothing. It may not fix the issue of homelessness, but it’ll sure as hell alleviate the situation for people going through the ordeal.