Saturday, March 28, 2009 1:55:14 AM
In the UK it is The Big Issue, not run by any 'faith` crap. But, don`t just buy one- look at the seller, smile at them and speak to them. Then actually READ it. Buying a magazine may make you feel better, and may give the seller a few much needed pennies, but treating them like the real live human being that they are will mean an awful lot. If you see the same seller regularly- make sure you know their name!!
Friday, March 27, 2009 10:58:08 PM
PART TWO: The content of these rags varies from state to state, province to province and city to city (I have only North American experience, I can’t speak globally but I’m certain it is similar) Sometimes the rags are driven 100% from local faith organizations looking for money to stuff their coffers, and mostly these organizations use the poor and lost “souls” to gain profit from. I would suggest everybody at least ONE TIME, buy a homeless rag and read it. Faith will never cure or mend the situation, only progressive real caring individuals that do it for the right reasons. REAL contributions can be made here. A lot of people really do need help and a large sum of the disenchanted roaming the streets are mentally and physically ill, drug and alcohol addicted. They are NOT lost “souls”, they are mostly sick and in need of care.
Sorry for the soap box routine, I’ll pack it away now…but go and purchase AND READ one of these “hom
Friday, March 27, 2009 10:57:35 PM
PART ONE: I did that, beard and all! Had nothing left to own and nothing left to give. Strange, it was one of the best times in my life, I'm not kidding...it is a long story though...I digress.
These magazine/flyers contain information on local politics and how the MAN is fricking with the homeless and other topics involving law and what jerks are up to to remove these OH SO TRAGIC People from your streets. The magazines discuss shelter, food and clothing and all the associated bla bla bla. In most cases, the "homeless" person is given a "bundle" of magazines for free to sell on their FIRST try. Then they have to purchase the magazines from there on, @ 50% of the retail value. So if the rag sells for a buck, the seller gets $0.50. If you give more $$ then the "homeless" person keeps the surplus and pays only for the magazines he picked up from the publisher.