Homeless Life at Surrey
On Monday, October 22nd I was walking from the bus station at Surrey Central into SFU surrey, and on my way in a homeless man in his thirties was asking many people for change because he wanted money to buy food. Two grown men were throwing pennies and dimes at him. This man was crouched on the floor picking up change that people had thrown down at him in the pouring rain. He came up to me and I realized that he could barely speak any english and asked me if I had any money to spare for him, while saying “no one help me”, I apologized and said that I didn't have any money. Even though I was given lunch money that morning. I started to walk up the stairs of SFU to the Mezzanine, and then thought to myself, who knows when the last time this man had ate anything and then I realized I could live life without having lunch for one day of my life but I wouldn’t be able to live with myself knowing that I didn’t give the poor man any money. So I walked back and gave him the eight dollars my dad had given me to buy lunch. He thanked me, and said “god bless you”.
More and more homeless people are living on the streets, they have no where to go and no money. I understand the fact some people don’t have anywhere to go. But the question is, why aren’t homeless shelters being built? Even though it is understandable that these people got in this position most of the time by themselves, and the only they could fix this problem was by doing it themselves. Me not being able to eat dinner for even a day makes me feel sick, I wonder how they feel. More homeless shelters need to be built around surrey so people are able to get food to eat. Homeless people are always asking for money on the side of streets, but the thing is what are they spending the money they get on? This is another reason why homeless shelters should be built, so we are sure that they are actually getting food in their bodies and being fed, and not wasting their money on other things like drugs and alcohol.
Every Christmas, big corporate companies, high schools and elementary schools collect food to give to the food-bank, so people who can’t afford to buy dinner on Christmas night are able to have something to eat. But is collecting cans and other food products for the food-bank once a year really enough? And then there are other problems like, have you ever noticed that people act really harsh towards homeless people? as if they aren’t humans at all? By throwing pennies, nickels and dimes at them and making them crawl around the streets begging for money, sometimes even by using violence just because you find it funny to hurt someone, and especially by calling them names like “bums”. I have realized that most people treat their cats and dogs better than they treat homeless people. Once you think about it, you start to wonder, what has the world really come to?