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Will Bynym paid electric bill, bought Thanksgiving dinner for Chicago women’s shelter

Nov 28, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

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Good on ya, Will Bynum.

There are some women in Chicago trying to escape an abusive situation and turn their lives around who are thankful for Pistons reserve guard Will Bynum today — he helped keep the lights out and bought Thanksgiving dinner for them.

The Detroit News has the details, talking about how Bynum had to miss a team function but had a good reason to do so.

He had a Skype date with a few hundred women in his hometown Chicago, who wanted to thank Bynum for his unexpected donation of more than $3,000 — which took care of the electric bills for Clara’s Place and Clara’s House, and Bynum paid for a Thanksgiving dinner for the two women’s shelters.

Bynum saw that Clara Kirk, founder of the West Englewood United Organization, was behind on the bill and stepped up, without provocation, without intending to be acknowledged publically. The Chicago native, who grew up in one of the roughest parts of the city, knows the statistics like he knows his own.

“(There are) 116,000 homeless people in Chicago,” Bynum said, “and 56 percent of them are women. These women aren’t homeless because they don’t have a job, but they’ve been in domestically-abusive relationships and don’t have anywhere to go.”

For all the times somebody tells you “NBA players are all thugs” the reality is a lot of them are pretty good people. They’re taller, more athletic and richer than you — and like you and me they are not perfect — but they have their hearts in the right place and will do the right thing (especially with a little guidance).

Bynum is one of those people who didn’t need guidance — he reached out to a group he thought did good and pitched in to help. Those are the kind of people we should all be thankful for, they make the world a little better place.

Will Bynum, thank you.

  1. rickyspanish - Nov 28, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    That is exactly the kind of stuff I want to read on thanksgiving.

  2. jolink653 - Nov 28, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Great thought by Bynum to give back to his hometown community, and he did it without ever expecting any attention for it. Good job by him.

  3. ravensfansc - Nov 28, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    This is what the world needs, more people like Bynum. Kudos to you Will and keep it up!

  4. edwardemanuelson - Nov 28, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    Will Bynum just went up a notch in my book!

  5. raidmagic - Nov 28, 2013 at 6:27 PM


  6. katra2logic - Nov 28, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    +1 for Will Bynum

  7. ravenswhat - Nov 28, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Hey dudes, emulate this guy not the Allen iverson’s.

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Nov 28, 2013 at 8:41 PM

      Low blow man. Leave AI alone.

    • genericcommenter - Nov 28, 2013 at 9:13 PM

      Allen Iverson’s what?

  8. flyingvien - Nov 28, 2013 at 8:26 PM


  9. chiadam - Nov 28, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    What a fantastic and genuine gesture. Don’t ever lose faith in mankind, because people like Will Bynum do exist.

  10. metalhead65 - Nov 28, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    more stories like this even if they want no pub for it.instead of heaping praise and attention on scum like rodman focus on guys like this.

  11. asimonetti88 - Nov 28, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Will Bynum rocks!

  12. mrbigg513 - Nov 29, 2013 at 5:49 AM

    Damn that’s deep

  13. chicagofan - Nov 29, 2013 at 6:44 AM

    Thanks, this story makes a disappointed Bull’s fan remember what’s really important.

  14. futilephish - Nov 29, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Good man

  15. Anoesis - Nov 29, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    “…he helped keep the lights out…” Too bad the article isn’t nearly as inspiring as Bynum’s gesture.

  16. wisbadgfan - Nov 29, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    great story——i am now a Will Bynum fan—-after reading this he is an all star as far as i am concerned.

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