Good Samaritan, Candice Payne, Picks Up Hotel Tab For 70 Homeless As Chicago Sees Record Low Temps

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A good samaritan finds shelter for approximately 70 homeless people facing historically low temperatures in Chicago, with no heat.

Candice Payne told CBS Chicago that she started renting out rooms for a group of homeless people facing historically low freezing temperatures, with her own charge cards.


Posted by Candice Payne on Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Mrs. Payne sprang into action when the Chicago Fire Department confiscated propane tanks from a large homeless camp in the downtown area. Leaving over 70 people with no source of heat in frigid temperatures in the minus 20s.

Payne’s fear of the group potentially dying in the frigid cold temps led her to start paying for rooms with her own American Express card.


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Candice and her husband paid for 20 rooms on their own dime before getting help from a crowdfunding effort that began on social media.

With posts about the dire situation for the homeless on Instagram and Facebook, Payne began raising money for to house and transport the homeless in need.

Posted by Candice Payne on Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Payne also inspired friends and strangers online to join in on her efforts.

According to CBS Chicago, Candice and her newly formed group of volunteers have been able to put approximately 70 people in hotel rooms for three days.

The group of volunteers served food to the homeless via a makeshift kitchen in the hotel. The group also collected donated items to help replace the belongings the group of homeless were forced to leave behind at their downtown encampment.


Posted by Candice Payne on Wednesday, January 30, 2019

If you’d like to help in Candice Payne’s future efforts to buy and renovate homes for the homeless in Chicago, donate to the ‘Action For A Cause’ campaign by clicking the link below:

Posted by Candice Payne on Friday, February 1, 2019

h/t CBS Chicago