A 'hand out' is defined as 'a gift, as of food, clothing, or money, given to the needy.' An unflattering expression for giving away your used items is ‘hand me down’.
There’s a beautiful picture in Scripture of a woman who has many virtues. The godly woman’s hands are described in this way.
The person of virtue is not simply doing charity. We see the Proverbs 31 woman extending ‘her hands’. She is personally involved in giving to others. She is not just giving things, but is present in the lives of the poor. There is an attitude of being open-handed rather than tight-fisted.
When you put your hands out to another in giving, you are also receiving them. Sometimes your reception of the person opens the door for you to give to them in some way. Jesus modelled the submissive act of giving and receiving many times.
The human touch can transfer blessing, acceptance and approval. There is a physical need that we respond to by being open-handed and there is a spiritual need that can be addressed with appropriate touch and the laying on of hands.
Our submission to God is demonstrated through the way our hands respond to the needs of others. Are you open-handed and generous?