I know somebody, a big talmid chacham, who learns a lot of torah, and he doesnt like receiving tzedaka money. he is in a tremendous state of poverty, but still doesnt like taking money from people. He has one relative who can give him money and he will take it. However, if he is given money on Purim, he will know it is for matanos li’evyonim, and refuse. My question is, if i could be zocheh in money for him for matanos lievyonim, and then have it given to him at a later date, so that he wont suspect where the money came from. Do we say zachin liadam by matanos lievyonim?
The money given for matanos l’evyonim has to be useable for the purim seudah, if the poor person doesn’t know that it even exists, it can’t be considered given to him for this halacha. Needless to say that giving money to such a worthy cause is also a tremendous mitzvah. ,
Ri Megadsim O:CH E:A 694-1, M:B 694-2, R’ .Y. Cahen and R‘ S .T. Rosenblatt shlit”a.