This past week in Chicago, an unknown Good Samaritan was renting out motel rooms for those who are homeless.
As many reports have revealed, Chicago saw brutally cold subzero temperatures, and wind chills as low as -50 degrees.
As one homeless man from Chicago named Tony Neeley told The New York Times, “I’m cold and I’m afraid,” as he braced for the polar vortex to hit his city.
However, as CBS Chicago reported, there was one person selflessly trying to help those without shelter by renting them shelter at a motel.
And the good deed eventually snowballed into a group of generous individuals donating rooms to those who needed them.
Now, CBS Chicago is reporting the name of the Good Samaritan who started the ripple effect.
According to the report, Candice Payne “impulsively charged 20 hotel rooms on her American Express card after realizing how dangerous this week’s sub-zero temperatures would be.”
She got the initial push to do so when even more people were left without shelter after an exploding propane tank left those living in an area called “Tent City” helpless.
But it was when Payne began asking for donations on Facebook in order to rent more rooms that she caught the interests of other generous individuals looking for a way to help.
And as others learned of Payne’s good deed, they started donating money for motel rooms as well. In the end, the group of volunteers was able to give at least 80 people shelter from the cold for a total of three nights.
“Maybe they didn’t know how to or where to start to help, so I’m glad that I was able to be that vehicle.”
And those they helped are extremely grateful for “their angel” as well. Two men, Jermaine and Robert, told CBS Chicago:
“We don’t get that type of help,” Jermaine said. “I really needed them at that point, so they came right in time.”
“We hear about that on the news and other places but I seen it up close and personal today, and I really want to thank y’all for looking out for our people,” Robert said.