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Thank you to everyone who responded! I'm going to talk with my daughter about expectations and solutions, with everything everyone's said in mind.

I just did a little web searching for "ideas to help the homeless," and the HUD website has info for kids explaining what homelessness is, plus I found some other links that suggested giving fast-food certificates to individuals and "survival kits" (toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, cup, pan, hats, scarves, etc.)

And a perspective on panhandling from someone's who has been there:

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