The Plight of SOS Center in Costa Mesa

When Maria Bird, a five-year volunteer for SOS, said, "Welcome to gorgeous Orange County, home of the heartless," we well understood the bitterness that filled her heart at the thought of men, women and little children left to hunger, sicken and, in many cases, die.

Some 200,000 in all die each year, not in darkest Africa, not in poverty-stricken India, but here in Orange County, surrounded by wealth, millionaires and even billionaires in this illusionary Garden of Eden.

Is this what "Greed is Good!" leads to? Don't we realize that the hardening of the heart leads to hardening of the arteries? When the wellsprings of compassion dry up in a wealthy country, that bodes no good for any of us. As Rusty Kennedy of the Orange County Human Relations Commission stated about the destruction of this 18-year-old oasis of help for the poor, " . . . it will be a major tragedy for poor people and all people in Orange County."

SYLVIA EASTON

Chairwoman of Irvine Task Force

for the Homeless

For the Record Los Angeles Times Sunday January 21, 1990 Orange County Edition Metro Part B Page 11 Column 5 Metro Desk 2 inches; 51 words Type of Material: Correction SOS letter--A Jan. 14 letter to the editor from Sylvia Easton, chairwoman of the Irvine Task Force for the Homeless, regarding the closing of Share Our Selves, was incorrectly edited to indicate that about 200,000 needy die in Orange County each year. The meaning intended was that if the 200,000 who seek services from SOS each year were turned away, many could die.
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