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To give or not to give, that is the question.

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To give or not to give, that is the question Beggars and homeless people are everywhere we go: in the streets, in the subways. Whether we should give our change to the beggars or not is a question that has surely come up in almost everyone's mind. While there are a few reasons why it is considered to be a generous thing to give money directly to the people in the street, it is becoming a widespread opinion that it is a wrong thing to do. There are many arguments against giving money to beggars. It can be argued that if we keep giving money then beggars just simply will not go away and also our money will probably support their addiction to alcohol or drugs. ...read more.


People with opposite opinion in this question claim that we have no idea how that extra change in our pocket would affect them. Secondly, the other main reason against giving money directly to beggars is that it is highly possible that they would use it to buy alcohol or drugs or something that is bad for their health. It is known that many beggars and homeless people are alcoholics and drug addicts. Therefore, by giving money to them one just encourages them and feeds their habit, not to mention that it also contributes to the growing drug problem. However, people who give money directly to beggars claim that a person who uses alcohol or drug will find a way to get hold of drugs with or without money, so they would rather let the beggars use their money than to force them to commit a crime. ...read more.


The other way is to donate your time either by volunteering at these organizations or by collecting unused clothes. As a conclusion, although we should never give money directly to beggars on the street, but we surely should find a charity close to our neighborhood and devote our time and love for ones that are truly needs our caring. There are several charities which are specialized to help homeless people and beggars to find the root of their problem and to offer them solutions for their situation. But if we are not able to work for or support these charities the least we can do is to speak to a beggar now and then who stops us at the corner of the street and try to convince to accept the help of the charities. 11.29.2004. Judit Szt�ray ...read more.

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