To Give or Not to Give: 'Family in Need Anything Will Help'

PLEASANTON, CA: This man and young boy asking for help while standing on the corner of the Gateway Shopping Center in the 6700 block of Bernal Avenue. Photo credit: Autumn Johnson
PLEASANTON, CA: This man and young boy asking for help while standing on the corner of the Gateway Shopping Center in the 6700 block of Bernal Avenue. Photo credit: Autumn Johnson
This man and little boy were spotted on the corner of the Gateway Shopping Center in the 6700 block of Bernal Avenue this afternoon holding a sign that said, "Family in Need Anything Will Help."

The child was sitting on the sidewalk playing with Legos while the man accepted whatever donations were handed to him by drivers passing through the notoriously busy driveway. 

This is not the first time they have been there and this scene is not much different from another family interviewed by Patch in 2012 after being seen for several days in a row on the opposite side of Pleasanton.

[Related article: 'Homeless and Struggling' but Still Hopeful]

Patch wants to know what you think about when you come across situations like this one. Do you give money or do you think it is wrong to support this type of behavior? 

Tell us in the comments section.
Wendy Smith April 12, 2014 at 09:03 PM
Patch, how come you put up a picture and asked people to voice their opinion? This isn't journalism, but a forum for people to cast their judgment. If you want to write a story on these people, how about interviewing him and find out what this guy's story is? What happened to them to put them in this situation? Where's his wife (whom I've seen out there also)? Do they have family around? What are his real needs? Food? Shelter? A job? What skill set do he or his wife have so that the community can reach out and help? If you're going to take a picture of this man and his son and publicly post it, at least give your readers a story so that they have enough information to form an educated opinion instead of speculating what they think the story might be.
DANO94588 April 13, 2014 at 01:40 PM
As for me I was brought up to give from the heart and not to judge. So if you want to help the person asking for a donation, then do it from the kindness of your heart and just hope in God that he/she will use it for what it was intended.
JayCee April 13, 2014 at 04:08 PM
From Huffington Post "Look at it this way: he doesn't need a fish for a day. He needs to learn to fish. If defeating poverty, homelessness or hunger is important to you, if you want to help that panhandler, don't give him money. Give it to a local group working on housing, on job training, on mental health issues. Organizations tackle those issues as efficiently and effectively as possible"
J.S. April 14, 2014 at 12:19 AM
I agree with Wendy Smith. Why is Patch posting photos of people like this? Did they agree to have you do that? I would like to see Patch post a list of services for people in need, including where to get shelter, food and health services. Include addresses, phone numbers and websites. Most people probably don't know what to do or where to go to find help. I'd like to have that information to print out in order to help people and to have a better idea of what's available in the area. And I'd like to add that helping others should be what we do regularly. Take an inventory of all the stuff that you own. Giving some of it away or a few bucks to help someone else would do both parties good.


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