Mon07282014

Letter to the Editor

Why I give money to beggars

I am glad that the Rev. Mark Bollwinkel was willing to open a conversation in which he feels it is not appropriate to give money to beggars (“Why I don’t give money to beggars,” Town Crier, July 10).

It is an important issue, one that I disagree strongly with him about.

I volunteer at the Community Services Agency, as well as involve myself with other charitable organizations, and I understand the value they bring. But the reverend talks about how undignified it is to beg and how it does not allow a donor to make a connection with the beggar.

I would like to point out that these are the reverend’s feelings, and he is not in a position to know what it feels like to beg, or to judge the feelings or value of the length of an interaction with a beggar for everyone.

I give because that person is asking for help. I know that he or she is needy enough to sit on a street corner all day and ask for help.

There may be some who do not use the money the way that we would choose to. Who are we to judge him or her?

Bob Bessin

Los Altos

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