Letters to the Editor

Protect San Luis Obispo from poverty

Detective Eric Azarvand, center, and community services officer Alissa Reina meet with two occupants of a large camp structure in the Salinas riverbed as they and other members of the Paso Robles Police Department make contact with folks living in the homeless camps along the Salinas in March.
Detective Eric Azarvand, center, and community services officer Alissa Reina meet with two occupants of a large camp structure in the Salinas riverbed as they and other members of the Paso Robles Police Department make contact with folks living in the homeless camps along the Salinas in March. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

As a teenage U.S. history student, I think we should all be trying to prevent poverty.

Poverty is the state of being extremely poor. In developing countries, it is known as destitution. Destitution is the deprivation of basic human needs, which commonly include food, water, sanitation, clothing, shelter, health care and education.

According to the volunteer organization DoSomething.org, more than 3 billion people live in poverty and live on less than $2.50 a day. About 1.6 billion people live without electricity.

Let’s start making a difference locally. We can help these people by donating money, food and spare clothes to the Maxine Lewis Memorial Shelter in San Luis Obispo.

Kerbin Cruz, San Luis Obispo

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