Editorial: A Worthy Cause

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If you save your year-end charitable giving for local organizations, add Maureen’s Haven to your list. Or better yet, buy a ticket to the organization’s winter benefit planned for December 1 at Seasons of Southampton. Tickets are $50 and, according to Rev. Karen Campbell, the money all goes to the network of 18 East End churches and synagogues that provide shelter and food on winter nights, including Rev. Campbell’s Christ Episcopal Church in Sag Harbor.

The church, with help from Temple Adas Israel and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork, hosts up to 10 homeless people one Sunday night a month during the winter. Volunteers prepare the church’s blow-up beds that were funded with a grant from Sag Harbor, according to Rev. Campbell; they also do the cooking and cleanup. Rev. Campbell said additional volunteers are always needed, especially for Monday morning cleanups. Call the church office at (631) 725-0128 if you’re interested.

Tickets for the benefit can be obtained on line at winterbenefit.brownpapertickets.com.

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