Open Your Hearts - 27 East


Southampton Press / Opinion / Letters / 1723998

Open Your Hearts

I have to say that I am disgusted by the outcry from people opposing the Heart of the Hamptons move to the unused ambulance barn [“Heart Of The Hamptons Supporters Lobby For Leasing Southampton Village Ambulance Barn, Opponents Decry Potential Traffic Snarls,”, September 11]. The space is perfect for them and would allow them to continue filling a need in our community: feeding the community.

As the article stated, after COVID-19, the demand for their programs went up by 250 to 300 percent. Food insecurity is a real threat to a lot of people and can happen to anyone. It can happen to someone who used to make $100,000 a year and to someone who used to make $25,000 a year. Most people are a paycheck away from needing help.

It concerns me that my neighbors are so cold and unconcerned about their neighbors — the people who work and live here. The children who go to school with their children. What is the real concern here? Traffic? There will always be traffic. Property values? Please. These excuses are elitist and hurtful.

HOH has been vital to people of the Hamptons for many years. Not only do they provide food and clothing, they do it without any judgment. They do it with a kind and open heart.

I think, especially in today’s climate, it would be wonderful if the people of Southampton Village could open their hearts and allow them to lease the space. You probably won’t even know they are there.

Cadi Cooper



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