In a world full of convenience and comfort for those who have the means, it can be difficult to imagine that some people are not as fortunate as others. There are families who do a lot just to make ends meet and it is something that is not very unusual, even in the United States. We may be considered a first world country, but there are still those who are not as well-off as they would like to be.
In fact, some families really struggle having a comfortable home during the cold season simply because it something that they cannot afford. It is sad that people have to go through these kinds of hardships. Luckily, it is also during these moments when people with hearts are willing to help emerge and help the needy.
While most families were getting prepared to fight off and survive the bout of brutally cold weather that was expected to hit Chicago this past week, 34-year-old real estate develop Candice Payne led a group of her closest friends and went to drive around town. Their purpose was to look for homeless people who were in need of shelter in the upcoming bad weather conditions.
They were able to pick 70 individuals from the streets, hospital emergency rooms and even those who were staying within Tent City. Payne wanted them to stay at a hotel but they were rejected from one establishment to another.
They were about to think that no hotel would welcome a bunch of homeless people with no identification until they came across Robin Smith, a manager of Amber Inn in Bronzeville. She was open to the idea and was quick to give Payne’s group the lowest prices that they could offer. It was then decided that the 70 people could stay at the hotel and Payne, along with a group of other volunteers, handled the bills for the homeless people to stay there for three nights.
Come Wednesday, Sheri Edwards, another worried citizen from Hyde Park, had taken her concerns to social media regarding the explosion of propane tanks within Tent City and resulting in multiple people staying there to have no source of heat. Upon hearing this, Payne set out to pick 30 more people up and she brought them to a hotel.
Apart from giving them a temporary home during the brutal weather, Payne and her group also helped the homeless by providing them clothes and cooking meals for them the entire week. And the best part about this act of kindness is that it encouraged more people to join in to help the homeless. It was a totally unexpected result, and an amazing act of love that brought tears of joy and lots of hope to people that needed it most.
The people Payne and her group helped couldn't have been more thankful for their angel, explaining they had never witnessed such an act of kindness and generosity from another person. Thanks to Payne and other volunteers, these people were able to stay warm during the worst winter in history.
You definitely must see this amazing and inspiring story of true compassion for others in need.