Good Samaritan pays for 70 homeless people to stay in a hotel amid Chicago's deadly freeze
An unknown person is Chicago offered to pay for hotel rooms for 70 homeless people in the middle of the coldest temperatures that the city has faced in a long time.
Those 70 homeless people were camping out in tents, something dangerous in normal circumstances and even more risky with -20 Celsius. Some people donated around 150 and 200 propane tanks to keep the homeless people warm.
Unfortunately, one of the cylinders exploded at the encampment as it was too close to a space heater. Even though nobody was hurt, the Chicago Fire Department confiscated the tanks and authorities made the people evacuate.
A mystery person paid the bill for at least 70 homeless people to stay in a hotel for the rest of the week in Chicago. This gives me so much hope in humanity after so many negative stories recently ❤️❤️❤️ https://t.co/fVTZC06ZR0— Frances Wang (#FrannyInMiami) (@FrancesWangTV) January 31, 2019
THE RISK OF PROPANE TANKS
The Fire Department took to Twitter to address the situation, admitting that they understood that people wanted to help “homeless population” but asked them not to donate propane tanks “which are potential fire hazards.”
During extreme cold weather, we understand that people want to help our homeless population. However, we ask that under no circumstance should you donate propane tanks which are potential fire hazards. Propane tanks can cause potential fires and explosions.— Chicago Fire Media (@CFDMedia) January 30, 2019
A homeless person who was at the encampment when the explosion took place described it as a massive “boom” that made the ground shake. The Fire Department pointed out that if all propane tanks had exploded at the same time, it could have been like a bomb.
Charity beautifully done. Charity done anonymously, is purely good. It's respectful toward those in need. The needy do deserve dignity, so by omitting elements of exploitation & patronization, one person's low point will not be used to feed another person's high point & ego.— Khalani (@Paermian90) February 1, 2019
STEPPING UP FOR THE PEOPLE
Salvation Army spokeswoman Jacqueline Rachev revealed that the officials informed them about the evacuation, so the organization was about to move the people to warming centers.
Humanitarianism is not a quality that one generally associates with politicians.— rajinder (@devotedcitizen) February 1, 2019
Samaritans always share because they care.
However, before they could start the process, a “Good Samaritan,” as people are referring to the unknown person, offered to pay for rooms for 70 homeless people from that group.
Some people today still have a heart. God bless the good Samaritan.— Arlene Perez (@ArleneP26152857) February 1, 2019
“Isn't that wonderful? At least they're warm and they're safe … Some wonderful citizen is going to put all of them up at a hotel for the rest of the week,” told Rachev to the Chicago Tribune.
How my faith in #humanity was restored:— Mark C. Crowley (@MarkCCrowley) February 1, 2019
In Chicago yesterday, where the temperature was 20 degrees below zero, a Good Samaritan paid for 70 hotel rooms so many homeless people would be safe.
Other kind souls bought hundreds of heater lamps to warm up homeless encampments.#Heart
Nothing is known about the person who paid for the rooms. What it is certain, though, is that the hotel is located on the city’s South Side. Thankfully, that Good Samaritan and the Salvation Army are not the only ones concerned about homeless people.
TINY HOUSES FOR HOMELESS VETERANS
The Clara White Mission know that almost one million veterans live in poverty and many of them are homeless, so the Florida-based organization created a plan to build tiny homes for them.
According to Action News Jax, who got a glimpse inside one of the little houses, the property will be under 200 square feet. It will be built with the assistance of one of the accomplices in this project, Eco Relics. The U.S. Green Building Council of Florida is also helping the Eco Relics.