Just gave away a crisp £20 note to a complete stranger here in Edinburgh, Scotland.
In the UK, there is a magazine called The Big Issue and it is sold on the streets by homeless people.
The homeless vendors buy the magazines for £1.25 each from the Big Issue charity organization and then they can sell them for £2.50 and pocket the profit.
So rather than resorting to begging, people who are down on their luck can actually start their own micro business and can try to get back on their feet again.
I don’t tend to give money to beggars, especially here since they are usually smoking cigarettes and/or drinking alcohol while they’re begging, but I do try to support Big Issue sellers because they are taking some initiative and working to improve their situation.
Anyway, I was walking around town and noticed a friendly-looking Big Issue seller. He clearly had some neurological issues but he was smiling at everyone as they walked by and was asking if they’d like a copy of the Big Issue (without being pushy or aggressive in any way).
I just got a really good vibe from him for some reason and I realized he’d be the perfect person to give my #givingcard to!
So I went up to him and asked if I could buy a Big Issue. He was very happy to have a customer but when I handed him the £20 note, he looked really disappointed and said that he didn’t have enough change for such a big bill (he was probably worried I’d change my mind about buying one).
I told him that the full £20 was for him and that I actually didn’t need the magazine either so he could keep it and sell it on to someone else.
Hopefully it made his day and motivated him to keep working towards a better future.