Chicago donor pays rent for homeless little leaguer

CHICAGO (WGN/CNN) – One of Chicago’s star Little League players will have a home base to call his own, thanks to a generous donor.

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.

WGN-TV reports the the family was forced to split up and have been staying with family and friends since June after Benton’s mother had her hours cut at work.

The owner of a local funeral home heard about their situation and has 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,” the owner of Leak and Sons Funeral Home, Spencer Leak, Jr., said.

Leak says he hopes the rent turns into a mortgage that turns into home ownership for the Benton family.

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