Local veteran wants to end panhandling in Lamar County by helping those in need

Local veteran wants to end panhandling in Lamar County by helping those in need

7 Replies to “Local veteran wants to end panhandling in Lamar County by helping those in need”

  1. January 14, 2019 Sue Gray

    I am won’t Mr. Ellis. If these people are really in need there is help out there.

  2. January 14, 2019 LYNDA STEEL

    I live in Phoenix, Arizona. Panhandling in a big problem here. Some of these people stand on street corners. Others harass people in store parking lots. As a older female this is terrifying. It should be against the law. We are not just dealing with the homeless but, also people who are drug addicts.

  3. January 14, 2019 Linda Wear

    Noticed how trashy and nasty it looked, glad it’s cleaned up. Thanks.

  4. January 14, 2019 TammySpencer

    I feel it is wrong to panhandle. This needs to stop.

  5. January 14, 2019 Mark Francis

    I have personally talked to almost every panhandler in town. I don’t think any of them in Paris Texas is a homeless veteran. I have given some of them rides from the seasons apts. In West Paris to find out how much they were making a day panhandling under the overpass and at Walmart. 80 to 150 a day was the average. the one by Paris lumber and Braums was handed 4 bags of burgers in less than 10 minutes while I watched. He moved over to Walmart gas station and had hungry sign wantingoney not food. I gave one a ride and he told me every drug and where to get it. I gave him a paint roller and a hat with paint on it and put paint on his shoes and pants to make people think he would work. I tried to hire him at 10 dollars and hour and he said he was doing much better panhandling and he loaned me 25 dollars so I could see the wad of cash in his billfold. His uncle was scamming in Walmart with a little girl saying that she needed money for medicine. He told me he got 300 from people there in one day. I told Walmart manager on duty but I saw him several times in the parking lot and in the store. I told everyone of them to get a bus ticket to Los Angeles the weather is better and panhandling pays much more there. Paris is not as rich and crazy as California. The grown men need to get a job. Don’t give them anything but a bus ticket to Sherman or Sulphur springs.

  6. January 15, 2019 Candy Larkin

    Thank you so very much for what you have done cleaning up . Prayers it stays clean . Wish we had a big enough community to take a stand to the over whelming out of control Drug Infestation In Lamar Co . It’s ashamed it’s so bad and will get worse . Praying 🙏 it comes to a end one day because it’s affecting so many Families and Children and the Hard Working Class that has to worry about the Druggies stealing while your working. Praying everyday for a better community.

  7. January 19, 2019 Shelley Webb Russell

    Thank you for helping and caring for the poor and hurting in our local community!! You are building great riches in heaven! 🙌🏻
    For me, it’s a modern day, good Samaritan story. It’s at the core of who we are truly serving and standing up for those who can’t advocate for themselves. Often, it helpful to give them a ride to connect them to our local agencies for help.
    But in the mix, expect to be taken advantage of, in the process. It comes with the territory. But still your love and good deeds will be richly rewarded….but often not the way we expect.
    I’ve been given lectures over my dedication to pick up and help hitch hikers. Many speeches and endless caution from well meaning people. But, for me, it’s a chance to help a person in need! How much better could it get as a Jesus follower! And I am completely comfortable with the fact that I could loose my life because of that conviction. But I would die with a heart full of love.
    Through the years of my experience, I’ve meet wonderful people and a few that I wasn’t able to connect with but Jesus did not admonish us to only help the clean and upstanding around us. He challenged us to seek ways of reaching the poorest of the poor.
    You may not agree with the path that Mother Theresa took but I found a deep sense of compassion in my soul growing when I read her book.
    How we see others makes all the difference in the world!

    When I lived in Houston, in the Camden apartments beside Lakewood church, I encountered them almost daily.
    Even when I lived in Hawaii, there were droves of homeless people…desperately living in tents in the public parks with children. The community provided them wonderful showers and restrooms while figuring out new ways to assist them.
    In summary, we live in a wonderful and relatively small community with so many amazing people. Let’s work to be loving and kind and keep our beautiful community a loving group!!

    Thank you for reading.


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