Quite by accident today I came across a fascinating question. If you know someone in the UK, who is struggling financially, just how, in practical terms, do you give them money?
I’m not the first to ask this question. The recession has kicked in, and some people are really struggling. Others are doing OK. And we all know what the bible has to say about giving. But … how?
If I had a friend and offered him money, he’d almost certainly decline. He wouldn’t want to be obligated. If he accepted, it would probably change our relationship forever. Or if I knew of a stranger who needed something, it would be even worse.
You can’t write a cheque, because your name will be on it. These days money-laundering legislation tends to make it impossible to obtain a cheque from a building society without a name on it. And you wouldn’t want to post it anyway, because how do you get an acknowledgement that it has gone to the right place, and not been stolen by a postman?
Of course one could sneak up to their door, wearing a rubber Tony Blair mask, and stuff an envelope full of twenty pound notes through the door. That would do it, for relatively small sums. You could write on it something about “I don’t need this. I believe that you do. When the time comes, repay me by being generous to someone else.” But of course this strategy is full of risks itself!
A google search reveals results entirely from the USA. That is very creditable to the generosity of this nation; less so, to the generosity in the UK, or Australia, or wherever.
Anyone any ideas?