Winter is nipping at autumn’s heels, and with the Thanksgiving holiday and the top of the month coming up, some families and charitable organizations are struggling to keep up on all manner of bills. Areas in the American North are suffering hardest, as temperatures drop and the need for gas and electricity rises, and despite the good cheer of the season, these are tenuous times for many.

Two women’s shelters in Chicago’s southwest side have been hit by massive bills in the recent months, whether they’re for gas, electric, or building code fines from the city of Chicago. The city settled with both Clara’s House and Clara’s Place for a percentage of their fine, but it took an anonymous donor to keep the shelters’ gas going.

Now it’s taken Detroit Pistons point guard and Chicago native Will Bynum to keep the electric going. After personally paying for their $3,000 electric bills, Bynum will host a Thanksgiving dinner for both shelters on Thursday. Wendell Hutson at DNAChicago, via Piston Powered, has the report:

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.