A Chicago woman by the name Candice Payne booked hotel rooms for the homeless during late January/early February freezing temperatures, has melted our hearts. She has also got others people including celebrities doing the same.
She says the whole idea was impulsive, and a result of her “current blessings.”
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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.
Candice Payne told CBS Chicago that she charged 20 hotel rooms at the Amber Inn motel on her credit card after hearing that 70 homeless people were stranded with no source of heat. The fire department confiscated about 100 donated propane tanks because they posed a fire threat.
After the initial 20 rooms, she was able to crowdfund more money from donations on Facebook, allowing her to book another 40 hotel rooms through the end of the week. Donations of transportation, food, and money also flooded in.
The Salvation Army had gotten a request to shelter about 70 people but later learned it wouldn’t be necessary because of Payne and her team.
“All of us don’t know each other,” Payne said of all the donors. “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.”
“We got people from the police stations, hospitals, outside huddled around fire pits. We drove around looking for them,” Payne later told CNN. “What inspired me was my current blessings, so I was just trying to give back.”
Candice Payne has not only made headline news, but she has also inspired celebrities and some of them including Common wants to meet her.
Now, this is a black woman, let us shout this news it to the rooftop!