Generous donor pays rent for homeless little league player
(Sept. 1, 2014) – A generous donor stepped up to the plate and paid the rent for one homeless little league player.
12-year-old Jaheim Benton helped take the Jackie Robinson West team all the way to a second-place finish at the Little League Baseball World Series.
But Benton and his family were homeless.
According to WGN-TV, the family told very few people because they didn’t want to distract from the Little League World Series.
The family ran into financial problems after Jaheim’s mother had her hours cut at work.
WGN-TV reports the family was forced to split up, and they were staying with family and friends since June.
Spencer Leak, Jr., the owner of a local funeral home, heard about the family’s situation and offered to pay the family’s rent for an entire year.
“He’s a superstar, little Jaheim. And superstars, you can’t — superstar and homeless don’t go together so we had to do something for this little superstar, our superstar, Chicago’s superstar.”
Leak says he hopes the rent turns into a mortgage that turns into home ownership for the Benton family.