If you find yourself in the common dilemma about just giving someone on the street a handout, the City of San Diego just made it easier by using the bright red meters to give a donation.
Civic leaders lined up to show their support for the campaign called, Make Change Count.
A non-profit organization called the Downtown San Diego Partnership has put up 25 of the donation stations in the downtown area.
The money that is collected will go directly to homeless individuals to pay for security deposits, household goods for those who finally get into housing, and there is money for bus tickets to bring people back to their families.
Kelly Knight is part of the Downtown Partnership's homeless outreach team, and she says this is a better way for people to help the homeless.
Bob McElroy, who is the head of the Alpha Project and runs the winter shelter in Barrio Logan thinks giving money to services and programs is money better spent.
Other cities have also tried the meter stations, with somewhat mixed results.
In San Diego, the program is in its second year, and supporters say they are pleased.
The Downtown San Diego Partnership raised about $3,600 in meter donations last year. They use this as a marketing and education tool to help bring in even bigger grants and private donations.
All the money goes directly to programs and services.
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