Over the last several days, states across the midwest have been experiencing severe weather. In fact, the cold temperatures were so extreme that the USPS suspended their deliveries on Wednesday.
Now, some uplifting news has been reported out of Chicago. According to Insider, a “good Samaritan” has performed a radical act of generosity in the face of dangerously low temperatures and extreme wind chill.
An anonymous donor paid for 70 people experiencing homelessness to stay in hotel rooms amid the blustering weather.
According to Salvation Army spokeswoman Jacqueline Rachev, the group had been camping in tents near Chicago’s University Village / Little Italy neighborhood. They had been staying warm with 100 donated propane tanks.
However, on Wednesday afternoon, one of those propane tanks exploded. Chicago Fire Department Chief Walter Schroeder informed the group that they should not use the tanks anymore, due to the extreme risk.
He said, “We responded to a fire. When we got there, the fire was extinguished and they found all these propane cylinders. That’s when we escalated it to a Level I Hazmat.”
He noted that if any more of the tanks exploded, due to the high number that they had, it would be “like a bomb going off.”
The fire department took away the tanks, and the Salvation Army went to work trying to figure out how to help the group in the cold.
Thankfully, an anonymous “good Samaritan” stepped up to the plate. The Salvation Army was notified that someone offered to pay for the group of people to stay in a hotel on the South Side. According to reports, the person has covered the bill for the entire week.
Rachev said, “It’s a deadly situation for anyone. We’re thrilled that someone was in a position to be able to do this.”
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