Woman Who Helps The Homeless: 'Why Wouldn't I?'

Steve Miller
December 12, 2018 - 4:00 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- This is the time of year that mailboxes fill up with appeals from charities.

An Orland Park woman is a one-person charity, coming into the city year-round to help the homeless.

"Hello, I've got some goodies for you."

Mary Jo Cain Reis walked under a Chinatown viaduct, where people are living.

"You could just feel the dampness. The water's coming down. I mean, there's really no shelter there,” she said.

On Wednesday, she loaded her car with hundreds of dollars in blankets, socks and other clothing.

When people ask her where she’s going, she said, she replies: “I'm going to give it to the homeless downtown.”

"And they said, 'Why are you doing that?'

"And I said, 'Why wouldn't I do that?  How could I not do that?'  You need to help people, and your whole disposition will change."