Good Samaritan pays for 70 hotel rooms for homeless in Chicago

    A woman walks down Glenlake Avenue towards North Clark Street as a winter storm batters Chicago, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in Chicago. (Tyler LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

    A good Samaritan in Chicago is being praised for offering to pay for hotel rooms for 70 homeless people who were camped out in tents across the city as the cold temperatures blanketed the Midwest.

    The offer came after the Chicago Fire Department confiscated nearly 100 propane tanks on Wednesday that had been given to the group to keep them warm. The department acted after one of the propane tanks that were donated exploded.

    Temperatures throughout the city of Chicago at the time plummeted to -22 F (-30 C).

    Salvation Army spokesperson Jacqueline Rachev states that city officials told the organization about their actions at the camp and that the Salvation Army was about to relocate the group to a warming center.

    City officials then called the organization to say someone offered to pay for hotels.

    Rachev says she wasn't sure of the identity nor the details of the good Samaritan, but yet, only knew the hotel was on the city's South side.

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