Persuasive Homeless Research Paper

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
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If you walk down the streets of downtown San Francisco, you are bound to see at least one homeless person asking for money on the streets. I surveyed 68 Diablo Valley College students and 45 students said they would not give money if they saw a homeless person panhandling. 23 students said they might give money if they saw a homeless person asking for money if they are feel they are well-off at the moment, if they have time to stop and dig up a few dollars from their wallet, and if they have cash on them. None of the surveyed students refused to respond and none of the students said they always give money to homeless people on the streets. In the article “Why I Don’t Give Money to Homeless People” from Business Insider, the author, Charlie Pabst gives reasons why he believes that giving money to homeless people will not better their lives. Pabst claims that because he is donating his money, he has a say to what the money should be spent on. For example, I would not donate hundreds of dollars to a charity that educates children in third world countries if I knew that the money would be spent on remodeling the company headquarters in the United States. Pabst also states that an alternative to giving money is to give food. However, if you purchase one sandwich for a homeless man, it will fill his stomach. Then he’ll need another sandwich later. Someone who rightfully earns …show more content…
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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