this is the season of giving, but that should be done all year if you do that, anyway.
in terms of people coming to my building and asking for money, hasn't happened yet, knock on my head. i wouldn't like that but i'd probably give him some food. i always just explain that moneys tight and food is better and that seems to do the trick
the chica who is outside my coop knows i always give some of whatever food i buy- she'll get some. at the end of the year i get presents from my students, this past year two bottles of champagne(!!!!) and i gave one to her while i was walking home because it didn't feel right having two bottles when she had none. she seems happy with the situation we have and even when i give nothing she still likes to chat a bit. she asked me today if i had any extra shoes. i wear a size 35 and have two pairs to give away but she's a 39, if anyone wears a 39 and wants to part with some shoes, lemme know