A good Samaritan has saved the lives of at least 100 homeless people from Chicago’s bitter cold.
The polar vortex still rages on in the Midwest, with temperatures in Chicago dropping to as low as -22 degrees Fahrenheit (that’s -30 degrees Celsius for the rest of the world). That’s incredibly cold, and for anyone not living in a heated home, potentially deadly.
Chicago, unfortunately, has a large homeless population. A tent city near the Dan Ryan Expressway has existed for some time, and while it might be fine in the spring and summer months, it’s not a place you’d want to be during the depth of winter.
One good Samaritan tried to help out by delivering tanks of propane to keep warm, but that was a move that quickly backfired when one of the tanks exploded. The Chicago Fire Dept then stepped in to confiscate the tanks, leaving the homeless without much for heat during the bitter cold.
City officials then called the Salvation Army for help, asking if they could be moved to a warming shelter during the cold snap. They said “sure”, and got ready for the influx of people. Then the city called back to say it was no longer necessary, and that everyone at the tent city had been given a hotel room to wait out the polar vortex.
It seems that another good Samaritan (this time with more sense than the propane-delivering one) started a social media campaign to save Chicago’s homeless.
Real estate developer Candice Payne started a movement on Instagram where she called on her friends and anyone who would listen to start gathering the homeless and driving them to a South Side motel. What was initially 30 rooms at the Amber Inn motel quickly ballooned into 60 as Candice and company shuttled more and more homeless people to shelter.
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It don’t take much to be a blessing to someone else! It’s freezing cold and deadly temperatures outside! For the people who has no where to go, no money, no food, family disowned them... need help it’s not much but to get them out the cold, feed them, and provide them with warm clean clothes is a start.
"I had strangers from social media who are now lifelong friends helping me," Candice told CNN. "We got people from the police stations, hospitals, outside huddled around fire pits. We drove around looking for them."
Payne said that her motivation was simply to give back to the community.