Mysteriouos donor rents motel rooms for Colorado Springs homeless
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – Fifteen homeless people in Colorado Springs will be inside for Christmas, thanks to a mysterious donor who paid for their motel rooms.
Employees at the Express Inn say the woman walked in Tuesday and paid for four rooms for a week. She insisted they be given to homeless men and women camping along Fountain Creek. The total came to $640.
The woman gave her name as “Linda Craft,” though The Gazette newspaper could not find anyone by that name. The woman said God told her to buy the rooms.
C-C Boarding Home Annex, a nonprofit that sublets rooms from the motel for disabled veterans and people on social security, found the tenants.
The nonprofit has used the motel as a shelter before. At the first freeze this year, Nam Tiggemann and her son Barry Tiggemann, part owners of the home annex, invited campers to get in out of the cold.
The homeless people staying at the motel this week were grateful for the donation.
“This lady did a wonderful thing,” said 52-year-old Steve Sample. He said he was enjoying some time with his shirt off, something that’s impossible to do outside this time of year.
“It is kind of nice to sit not all bundled up,” Sample said, the heater blasting next to him.
Colorado Springs has dozens of homeless camps along an exercise path that runs by the creek. The city tried to clear the camps last year, but homeless advocates intervened.
In recent weeks, as temperatures plummeted, area residents have flooded the camps with donations of food, clothing and blankets, all while city officials grapple with how to handle the growing homeless community.
On Dec. 7, the Colorado Springs City Council voted to shelve a proposed no-camping law that could have displaced scores of homeless people living along creeks, parks and other public property. The issue is expected to be revisited in February.
For now, the folks in the motel are looking forward to a warm bed at Christmas.
“This was a blessing for us, but there are so many camps over here,” homeless camper Magi Spence told the newspaper.
Two Christmas dinners for the homeless were planned at the motel Thursday and Friday.
Information from: The Gazette, http://www.gazette.com
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