I HATE THESE TYPES OF PHONE CALLS!!!
Ok, got that off my chest.
I really hate it when I get phone calls asking for money. Especially when, to the person, it IS a pastoral emergency. I used to have people who would call right after the food pantry would close and want food for the weekend. And then there are the people who are "stuck" in a motel and have no money to pay for the room they were staying in for the past three days. There are also the ones who can't seem to understand that I DON'T have money to give them, even after telling them that I do not have a discretionary fund.
I also hate when you suggest something like calling 211, and the person asks what it is and then says they called it. If they didn't know what it was, how could they have called it?
I would love to be able to give something to all the people who call, but when does helping become enabling?