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Police offer advice on dealing with growing panhandling issue

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - Panhandlers are not an uncommon sight in Eau Claire, and as the holiday season approaches, Police are asking you to be educated before giving them money.

Panhandling is not illegal in Eau Claire, and that has made the city a hot spot for the activity. Police have determined that most are not as desperate as they make themselves out to be, and are panhandling just to make a quick buck, sometimes making as much as $400 in a single day.

Of course, some are truly in need of help, that's why police want you to be cautious.

Eau Claire Police Officer Kyle Roder says, "We're not saying don't be charitable during the holiday season, or any other time throughout the year, but what we want you to do is to be smart, and donate to the places that you know are legitimate and you know the funds are going to go to the right cause."

If you would like to provide financial assistance to those in need, here are some organizations that can help:

Great River's 211

Phone Number: 211. They can help with an assortment of needs and where to go to get help.

Feed My People Food Bank

Phone Number: 715-835-9415. 2610 Alpine Rd., Eau Claire, WI

Hope Gospel Mission (Shelter)

Phone Number: 715-552-5566. 8 S. Farwell St., Eau Claire, WI

Salvation Army of Chippewa Falls

Phone Number: 715-834-1224. 2211 S. Hastings Way, Eau Claire, WI

Labor Ready (Work Assistance)

Phone Number: 715-831-8244. 2529 E. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire, WI

Sojourner House (Shelter opens at 7 pm)

Phone Number: 715-514-5556. 618 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire, WI

The Community Table

Phone Number: 715-835-4977. 320 Putnam St., Eau Claire, WI

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