Calif. shelter rejects man's Christmas cash giveaway

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Updated: 12/29/2012 11:39 pm

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man's tradition of handing out cash totaling $1,000 to homeless men was broken when he was turned away by a shelter on Christmas Day.

Harvey Youngman says he felt dejected driving home from the Ventura County Rescue Mission's facility in Oxnard with a bag of unopened cards stuffed with $20 bills.

The Ventura County Star reports Youngman had been bringing money-filled cards to the mission for about a decade. However, the shelter's new director John Saltee said the money can be tempting for the men who are recovering from drug or alcohol addiction.

Saltee drew the line when a man who received one of Youngman's $20 bills last year got drunk and left the recovery program.

Youngman says he'll find something to do with the cards.

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earth420 - 12/30/2012 8:33 AM
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Send one here!! I'll use the $$ for my gas tank & not drugs or alcohol!!

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