Chicago businessman Willie Wilson pledges $1M to help the unemployed during COVID-19 crisis

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CHICAGO — Businessman Willie Wilson announced Friday he is giving away $1 million to people who have recently lost their job due to COVID-19.

In normal times — once or twice a year — Wilson would personally give each person in need a $100 bill and get a handshake or hug in return.

He wishes he could still do that, so he found a way.

“We’re going to take $1 million until we run out. We’re going to put $100 in each. So that’s about 10,000 people.

Now — because of social distancing and stay-at-home orders — Wilson can’t have that direct contact he used to, so he’ll send a check or direct payment through Venmo or PayPal.

Just last week Wilson gave the Chicago fire and police departments 10,000 medical masks and 1,000 M95 masks that offer better protection against COVID-19.

Next week, he plans to donate 100,000 masks to the community.

The multi-billionaire said he doesn’t need any more money and wants to give back whatever way he can.

“The necessary things. The things that people just plain old need,” he said.

To apply for Wilson’s offer click here.

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