VIDEO: Ellen Gifts $50K to The Chicago Polar Vortex Hero
Last week the Midwest was faced with a 'polar vortex'. What does this mean? It was the coldest it's been ... like ... ever. We knew the cold was coming and it became a big concern that people without a home to warm up in would really suffer. The fear that there might be fatalities was very real.
Well on the day of the record breaking cold, a Chicago woman did one of the most amazing acts of kindness I have ever seen in my lifetime. Candice Payne was working from home during a subzero day when she started thinking about Chicago’s homeless population and decided to do something to help them stay warm. Chicago Sun Times details -
Payne, who said her boyfriend was once homeless, was able to book 30 rooms at The Amber Inn after many other hotels turned her down. But she couldn’t transport everyone to the rooms herself, so she posted on social media asking people to help, and the post went viral. With the help of everyone who donated, Payne was able to book 72 rooms for five nights. “We helped over 122 people,” she told DeGeneres.
Ellen Degeneres invited Candice on her show and what happened next is something you've just got to watch for yourself.
You can always count on Ellen to give back and give recognition to those who deserve it.