The woman who booked hotel rooms for 70 homeless people in Chicago during the polar vortex says she impulsively rented rooms on her credit card before crowdfunding on Facebook


  • Candice Payne acquired hotel rooms on Wednesday for a group of 70 homeless people stranded in Chicago without heat.

  • She said she impulsively priced 20 rooms to her credit card after hearing that the fire department had seized the propane tanks the group was using to stay heated.

  • She then turned to Facebook for help gathering money for the group, and donations poured in.

  • She and the group of angels have raised enough money to pay for the group to stay in hotel rooms into the end of the week.


The woman who reserved hotel rooms for 70 homeless people in Chicago during the polar vortex has lectured out about her act of kindness.

Candice Payne told CBS Chicago that she impulsively charged 20 hotel chambers on her American Express card after hearing that 70 homeless people were stranded with no source of warmth near Chicago's University Village/Little Italy neighborhood on Wednesday afternoon when temperatures were below zero over the city.

The group had been left without heat sources after the fire department confiscated about 100 donated propane tanks because they posed a fire threat.

Payne then shifted to Facebook to crowdfund more rooms, and donations flooded in from all over. In all, Payne and the donors picked up the tab for 60 hotel rooms.

Salvation Army spokeswoman Jacqueline Rachev described to the Chicago Tribune that the hotel rooms were paid for through the end of the week.

"All of us don't know each other," Payne said of all the donors. "Maybe they didn't know how to or where to start to help, so I'm glad that I was able to be that vehicle."

Two gentlemen in the group thanked Payne for the generous donation.

"We don't get that type of help," one of the men, Jermaine, told CBS Chicago. "I really needed them at that point, so they came right in time."

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