Think twice before giving to those on the street

Make someone's day – the right way. Photo: Alanicka Lotriet.

It’s that time of year again, when everyone feels the need to give in an effort to contribute to the festive season spirit, whether it be to charity organisations, old age homes or even those begging at stop signs and traffic intersections.

Giving to those in need puts one’s mind at ease. It’s a meaningful connection between two humans – one person showing the other that he or she matters.

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Even though it might sound like a good idea to give money to street beggars, Melodie van Brakel – co-founder of the Cradle of Hope and Tower of Life Shelters – urges the community to refrain from doing so.

According to her, the money received from road users is more often than not used to purchase some sort of addictive substance .

“They use the goodhearted gestures of community members solely for their next fix. They use it to buy drugs and alcohol which means they never use it for what they claim,” she said.

Instead, she prefers the public to give Tower of Life vouchers, which enable people living on the street to receive a nutritious meal, a hot shower and a bed to sleep in with a roof over their head for one night.

These vouchers can be bought at R20 per voucher from either of the Tower of Life Shelters. Community members are subsequently free to hand them out to any person on the street they deem fit.

“Even if they throw it away or sell it to someone else, we still have that R20 in our system. In turn we use this money to pay the building’s rent, water, electricity and other expenses,” Melodie explained.

For just R20, you can make someone’s entire day – the right way.

For more information or enquiries, feel free to contact Melodie on 082 459 5747.

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