A cash-less way to help the needy

Text HOMELESS for donations

BOCA RATON, Fla. - Cheryl stands at a Boca Raton intersection for seven hours, seven days a week.

"Yeah it's a job, I treat it like a job," said Cheryl.

In the city of Boca Raton, it's illegal to stand on a median, road or highway and solicit donations. She says she makes between forty and one-hundred dollars a day.

"It's up to the people to give us money or not, we don't force people," said Cheryl.

Just south of Boca Raton, charities like The Homeless Voice are getting tech savvy. Last week, instead of collecting on the street, they started holding signs asking people to text donations.

Their director says they got two-hundred dollars in 3 hours.

"Texting speaks to a younger generation," said James Gavrilos, Executive Director of Boca Helping Hands.

Gavrilos says the working poor need to learn sustainability not a quick fix.

"We show them how to make a budget...you may panhandle for rent this month but what about next month," said Gavrilos.

The Homeless Voice says more people may be willing to help the homeless when done electronically. The organizations say it's too soon to tell if they will receive more donations but they will continue to try.

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