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2 Kind Acts Bring Relief for Chicago's Homeless

An 11-year-old girl and a stranger are to thank
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 31, 2019 12:03 PM CST
People sleep in tents near a wooded area adjacent to the Dan Ryan Expressway in Chicago on Tuesday.   (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune via AP)

(Newser) – About 70 homeless people in Chicago will have a warm refuge for the rest of the week thanks to a kind stranger. The inhabitants of a tent camp at a vacant downtown lot were left without a heating source Wednesday after a propane tank exploded. Nobody was injured, but with the temperatures at -22 degrees, the Salvation Army planned to move people to its warming center, reports WGN. Instead, "some wonderful citizen is going to put all of them up at a hotel for the rest of the week," a rep tells the Chicago Tribune. The unknown individual isn't the only one helping out. Khloe Thompson, an 11-year-old girl living in Los Angeles, helped raise almost $40,000 for Salvation Army Chicago in a single day after learning of the cold spell, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. (Read more homeless stories.)

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