Why I Give Money To Homeless People By Paul Cantor

2032 Words 9 Pages
Virginia Yan
English 126-0747
11 December 2014
Imagine all the events that occurred in your life today. You woke up from your warm bed, took a hot shower, picked out an outfit, and spent the day at school or work. At the end of the day, you went home, had dinner and went to sleep. To most people, this is just another average day. Shelter, clothes, food, education and family are the basic needs that many people in the United States lack. Everyone deserves these basic needs, but unfortunately, these things do not belong to everyone. Far too many people in the United States do not have a roof over their head, do not have clothes beside the ones on their backs, do not know where their next meal will come from, and do not have family or friends to lean on for help. These people described are American’s homeless. There are many circumstances that can cause a person to become homeless and there are many ways in which homelessness can be prevented. Whether or not the homeless are acknowledged on the streets, the numbers are increasing in America and there are many circumstances that can cause a person to become homeless. However,
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Cantor grew up watching his parents spend their lives help other people. He was brought up to not turn a blind eye to someone who desperately needs it. Cantor states that “If a homeless person wants to buy a drink with my measly dollar – especially in New York, where a dollar doesn’t get you much – let them buy a drink with it. Who cares. If it makes their life a little easier, I’m all for it” (Cantor). Cantor prefers giving money to panhandlers than to charities because he actually has “… the experience of physically seeing with [his] own eyes what being destitute, down and out and in-need really needs. And I can see what effect handing that cash to them has, almost immediately”

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