Tyler Perry, the "Good Deeds" director and writer, has donated $98000 to a Chicago pastor, who had been protesting for the last three months to close a motel that had become home for prostitutes and drug dealers. The pastor seeking $450,000 in donation to demolish the building has also gone home for the first time after spending 94 days in a tent on the roof top of the motel.
Pastor Corey Brooks, who is now back at the New Beginnings Baptist Church in Chicago, believes that when things start to get out of control, desperate measures must be taken to stop them. "We're living in the killing field. We're living in a place where you can just be walking to the store, going to get something for your kids and you can be shot and killed," Brooks said telling about his vow not to come down off the roof until he had collected enough money to knock down the building and build a community center in its place.
The Pastor, however, admits that a time came when he started to fear that he wouldn’t be able to raise enough money and die in the tent.
Brooks said among other things he learned on the rooftop was that "People have great hearts, and if you can somehow be creative enough to bring it to their attention and their awareness about what's going on that people will raise to the occasion." And they did.
Perry, while promoting his own film, "Good Deeds", helped the pastor by announcing donation of the sum needed to reach the Pastor’s goal.
According to Fox Chicago, Tyler has also promised to give the pastor a Harley Davidson. Brooks said that while Tyler’s check has not reached his hands, the news does sound good. "When they see this community center being built, they're going to be reminded that one person can change things,” Brooks told the Tribune. "One person can make things better. And hopefully it's going to inspire people to continue."
Though the harsh-winter camping has finally ended with Tyler’s donation, the pastor says the time was not easy for him. "I said I wasn't going to cry. But 94 days in a tent, I kept crying. I'm so grateful for every gift," Brooks said. His next goal is to raise $15 million to construct a new community center.