If it is someone who we know is genuinely in crisis and is usually not, that is the person I will help. Everyone knows of the person who always has an excuse about why they can't work, can't get work, live off parents, etc.....that is not one that I will go out of my way to help as they usually are just conning me.
I have helped by paying health insurance for someone that was about to lose it, worked on resumes, paying them to do jobs for me and giving them good things that I could have sold. There are many ways one can help someone in need. I have offered for someone to come live with me until they got on their feet. One person stayed with me for 3 months. I have written a check for a person to buy medications and whatever else they needed. It depends on the situation and where I am financially. Sometimes, just being there for someone is important.
I give what I can. I do know some members of our family who are struggling but they would never ask for help. When we visit them we will buy lunch or bring something nice or maybe leave a $20 in the house.
Those are all great gestures, too, Hookem!
I think people, relative, friend or stranger, need to know we care about their struggles.