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Is it okay to give poor people money ?
The question is more, would it actually help poor people.
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Well, it is good to be generous to the less privileged in the society. However, the poor should be shown how to catch fish if and when the opportunity is available.

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I would say the answer to this question is probably best answered on a case by case basis.

How you might be able to discern each case, I'm not sure, without having some kind of practical experience or knowledge, or some type of observation, but one answer does not fit every situation is where I'm going with this.

The term poor will mean different levels of it depending on where you live, too. In the case of the U.S., homeless folks are generally among the poorest, but they also can have a host of different issues, which can include (but not always—thus the discernment), alcoholic or drug related addictions, which may or may not be because of PTSD or some kind of continuing trauma, either psychological or physical.

Poverty can come from many different circumstances, including ones that are somewhat self-induced for one reason or another. In those cases, handing someone some money isn't going to solve the problem, but help to keep it going. What needs to happen is an unraveling of decisions and behaviors that have spiraled them into the current situation.

However, there are plenty of times where $10 is what a person needs to get by. It's probably going to be more than that, and more than one time, but it's not treatment or something like that they require, but more of an opportunity. In that case, money might not be the answer either, but a chance to work.

Depending on the country one lives in, there could be all kinds of resources for the poor, which would include some kind of benefits, as well as employment training and opportunities. These can be governmental or provided through non-profit or charitable organizations such as a church.

Those who are Christian have been commanded to 'help thy neighbor', which might mean a one time gift of money, but it could also mean a lifetime of friendship, which could include hours of service, along with sharing of resources. But nowhere does the Lord ask that we be taken advantage of, or that we put our own situation or family in a precarious position. So, all of this must be done with moderation and within the time and needs we have.

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Its always good to assist the poor whenever we can but we shouldn't take the glory of helping them or try to rubbish the image of those that we help whether privately or publicly.

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Well yes I think it's ok to give poor people money, I mean some times people just need a helping hand and if you've got some extra cash to spare then helping out the poor will always be a good thing.

The thing is, giving them money is a short term solution to a long term problem. If you really want to help them then help them gain a skill, show them how to start a business and let them fend for themselves properly.

There's a saying in Nigeria, "Teach me how to fish, don't give me the fish", giving poor people money isn't a bad thing, but sometimes it's the fact that people give them money that makes them remain poor. Show them how to make money without begging for it and you'll see just how happy they'll be. If they decide not to learn how to legitimately make money then stop giving them money.

I hope this helps.

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It depends on the reason for the person being poor in the first place. If you're poor because you have a drug or gambling addiction and someone gives you money, what is going to happen? That person is going to buy drugs or gamble with it. Sometimes the best way to help someone who is poor is changing their circumstances, you need money for that, but money alone isn't the solution to most problems, in many cases it makes the problem worse.

Is it okay to give poor people money? Absolutely. But, don't expect to change their life, because there is probably a reason they're poor.

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It is not only the poor that needs help so I would rather say it is good to help the needy. As for the poor, it is human , generous, blissful and life saving to help the poor. Blessed are the cheerful giver for they shall be rewarded. And in the case of helping the poor it is best to give something sustaining, a regular well to fetch from, a constant source. 

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