I try to support charities with time and donations that are likely to make a difference for things I believe in. I'm sure most folks have a cause near and dear to their heart or a favorite way of helping. But whats with the relatively recent trend of staking out an intersection , scribbling something on a sign and shaking down people passing through ? Some intersections have someone on all points of the compass like a tag team working their turf. I must be a cold heartless pitiful wretch but it seems that standing in the hot sun on concrete all day, day after day trying not to get run over is kinda hard work, almost like a job ( that their sign says they cant work at.) I'm sure my cynicism has me not handing money to some really needy folks and I will go straight to hell, but dammit there's one guy I saw who drives in, parks his van in a church parking lot and then walks over to his "spot" to resume panhandling for the day.