I've been told in many cases the money winds up on alcohol and drugs. As such, I generally don't give. But, sometimes I do.
I don't know what to do.
I think what gnaws at us is that it doesn't take too much to wind up as that guy on the street.
There are many worthy organizations in the LA area that tries to offer services to the down and out. I've tried to profile some in these "non-profit of the month" posts.
Today, I'll mention a group I've supported occasionally over the years: Union Rescue Mission.
Right now, in LA, there is some unseasonably cold weather and I'm sure the shelters are filling up with people trying to get out from the near freezing nights. Please consider supporting an organization in your area that is doing the work of compassion for those who have hit hard times for whatever reason.