Generous person pays for 70 hotel rooms for homeless people

A person is being praised for offering 70 hotel rooms to homeless people in Chicago as the city faces freezing temperatures.

The homeless residents were set up in a vacant lot as the city’s temperature dropped into the minus 20s and were being kept warm by propane tanks, the Chicago Tribune reports.

But the tanks were confiscated after one of them exploded at noon on Wednesday, causing a fire.

Salvation Army spokeswoman Jacqueline Rachev had to move the group of 70 homeless people to a different location.

A person has offered up 70 hotel rooms for homeless people suffering minus 20-degree temperatures in Chicago. Source: Getty Images (file pic)

The temperature at this time dropped to -30C, KUTV2 reported.

But city officials contacted Ms Rachev an hour later. Someone had offered 70 hotel rooms for the homeless for the rest of the week to see out the freezing cold.

Ms Rachev said she doesn’t know the identity of the person who offered the rooms but said their offer as “wonderful”. 

A lone pedestrian crosses the Chicago River early Wednesday. Source: AAP

“At least they’re warm and they’re safe,” she told Chicago Tribune. 

In other heart-warming news, a school bus driver was mistaken for Santa Claus when he surprised students with Christmas presents in December. 

“Seeing those faces on the kids was more than anything I could ever do with the money,” he said.

In September, fire fighters were praised for not only helping an elderly man who fell over after doing his yard work, but also came back later to finish mowing his lawn.

Morning commuters face a tough slog on Monday. Source: AAP

Chicago’s big chill

Chicago’s temperature dropped to a low of around -30C on Thursday, slightly above the city’s lowest-ever reading of -32C in January 1985. 

In Illinois, at least 144 people visited hospital emergency rooms for cold-related injuries over two days. Most of the injuries were hypothermia or frostbite, according to a spokesman for the state Department of Public Health.

The city’s cold weather along and freezing conditions in other parts of the US is being put down to a polar vortex, which is expected to end next week.

With Associated Press

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