Thanksgiving dinner came early to south side Chicago shelter Clara’s House. Last night, Will Bynum provided a traditional holiday dinner for the residents of the shelter as a part of his new Reach and Pay it Forward initiative to help homeless shelters across the United States. Photos above, with more details here and below:

“NBA Detroit Piston and Chicago native, Will Bynum, gave back in a huge way toward a Chicago south side shelter, Clara’s House, all around—helping those who live in the shelter as well as the owner who was hit with a disconnect electricity bill—a month ago. Bynum made sure that nearly 50 women and children who reside in the shelter had a hot Thanksgiving dinner last night at Clara’s House with all the fixings. Will Bynum was present via Skype, due to a Wednesday night home game in Detroit, ironically against the Chicago Bulls, where he addressed the residents at the shelter about domestic violence, homelessness and his Reach and Pay it forward initiative for change for shelters nationwide. Bynum encouraged the shelter residents to stay positive and have hope this holiday season. Bynum also gifted a $2,500 check toward the shelter’s electric bill to ensure that their lights stay on this holiday season.”