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NBA Player Will Bynum Donates Money And Food To Women’s Shelter

Detroit Pistons Guard and Chicago native Will Bynum

is definitely in the spirit of giving this season. Not only has he paid the electric bills for two women’s shelters, but will host a Thanksgiving dinner for the residents of the West Englewood shelters.

From DNAInfo:

Clara Kirk, founder of the West Englewood United Organization, which runs Clara’s Place and Clara’s House at 1650 W. 63rd St., said Bynum will pay nearly $3,000 owed to ComEd. "God is so good. First an anonymous donor paid off my gas bill, and now Mr. Bynum has agreed to pay off the light bill," Kirk, 72, told DNAinfo Chicago.

Bynum spokeswoman Shawn Zanotti confirmed that Bynum and his Chicago-based Reach|Teach Foundation, would sponsor an evening dinner after he makes the check presentation.

WEST ENGLEWOOD — After he pays the electric bills Tuesday for two women's shelters, Detroit Pistons point guard and Chicago native Will Bynum will host a Thanksgiving dinner for the shelters' residents.

Clara Kirk, founder of the West Englewood United Organization, which runs Clara's Place and Clara's House at 1650 W. 63rd St., said Bynum will pay nearly $3,000 owed to ComEd.

"God is so good. First an anonymous donor paid off my gas bill, and now Mr. Bynum has agreed to pay off the light bill," Kirk, 72, told DNAinfo Chicago.

"Things are beginning to really look up for me. It makes me feel like there is someone or somebody that still cares about Clara’s House, and that God has provided people willing to help me come up and out of the situation that I am in."

Bynum spokeswoman Shawn Zanotti confirmed that Bynum and his Chicago-based Reach|Teach Foundation, would sponsor an evening dinner after he makes the check presentation.

"He will present Ms. Kirk with a check to show his support for what she is doing to help so many women and children," Zanotti said.

Bynum, who once lived in Englewood and attended Crane High School, said his efforts go far beyond money.

"This is bigger than just paying an electric bill and giving dinners to those in need, it is about me seeing a need and doing my part to help," Bynum said. "I want the homeless and battered women who are living in the shelter to know there is someone who cares, that the situation can and will get better."

In March, Kirk owed the City of Chicago more than $41,969 in building code fines. The city settled with Kirk in August for $1,000. In October, Peoples Gas disconnected heat at Clara’s Place after it racked up a $21,026.74 past-due bill. An anonymous donor stepped up to pay the bill off.

According to Kirk, it takes about $275,000 a year to run Clara’s House, which is fully occupied, and $375,000 for Clara’s Place, which has 37 occupants, even though it can accommodate 59 people. Kirk said she did not have enough money to feed 59 people, which is why Clara’s Place is not full.

Bynum said it feels good to help Kirk.

"Clara doesn’t turn anyone away, she keeps the doors open with the heart to help, not knowing how the bills to operate will stay on. It’s an honor for me to help," he said.

A West Englewood United board member is taking a grant-writing course to learn how to obtain more funding for the shelters.

 

 

Ahh,I love this story!Truly a feel good,heart warming news we could use within our community.Salute to Will Bynum for stepping up,job well done King.This is definitely in the spirit of giving!

Peace To All!

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Comment by AfricanGoddess on November 29, 2013 at 10:57am

I notice it,which is sad to say the least @ Mz. Nini

Just goes to show where the people mindset are...and the predicament we are heading for!

You shouldn't hold your tongue if it's the truth...keep your comments coming Ms.Nini,I enjoy reading your thoughts on various topics here,whether I agree or not.

Comment by Mz. Nini on November 27, 2013 at 3:02pm

The sad thing about it is, you'll have countless comment on negative articles, but bypass the positive one.  I am learning to hold my judgment on CF and comment on those that is of importance to society.  Keep up the good work!

Comment by AfricanGoddess on November 27, 2013 at 2:55pm

Agree,it is a nice article,especially seeing how the media love to showcase  the negativity of black men and our people period! @ Mz. Nini

Good to hear and know the Orlando Majics also donate their time to a similar  cause down there in Orlando,GREATNESS!

Like yourself,I do not celebrate the holidays,but admire those who use their  time to help out the less fortunate.I will be doing my part tomorrow with a  couple of friends...

These are the people who deserve all the fanfare and celebrating!

Comment by AfricanGoddess on November 27, 2013 at 2:45pm

I am not surprise at all @ Not U

We are bombarded with so much negativity,scandals,etc.to the point it becomes "normal" ... hence these good deeds go unnoticed amongst us!

 

I will continue to hail people like this brotha Will Bynum,thanks indeed!

 

Comment by Mz. Nini on November 27, 2013 at 12:00pm

Nice article AfricanGoddess.  There is a shelter in Orlando, that the Orlando Majics always donate their time and money to each holiday.  I do not do holidays, but I admire their zeal in helping others.

Comment by Not U on November 27, 2013 at 11:53am

Surprised not to see many comments for a good deed.  Thank you Mr. Will Bynum !!!

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