There are plenty of other ways to help the homeless besides handing over cash; from spreading awareness to simply showing compassion. BrightVibes rounds up some of the best suggestions on the internet.
How to go about effectively helping the homeless
If you are one of the fortunate, the world of a homeless person is utterly alien to you. For any of us, the loss of a job, the illness or death of a spouse or a child, or a severe physical disability could be the route to total despair. Many people living on the streets today were simply struck by a personal tragedy and lacked a support system to get help when they needed it. These people still need help, and you can be there for them right now. By giving of your time, money, services or skills, you can make the difference in the life of a homeless person. Sometimes the smallest actions can have the biggest impact. Resources: TreeHugger, wikiHow, JustGive.org, YouGiveGoods.com, MiniMoneyBlog.
Another 30 solid suggestions of how to help the homeless from justgive.org
11. Understand who the homeless are – Help dispel the stereotypes about the homeless. Learn about the different reasons for homelessness, and remember, every situation is unique. One of the first steps in helping people is to see them as individuals and to find out what they need. Notice them; talk to them. Most are starved for attention.
HELP THE HOMELESS UK
Help The Homeless makes grants to charitable organisations with the aim of helping homeless people return to the community and enabling them to rebuild their lives.