Chicago pastor Corey Brooks says he gave Kwame Kilpatrick money after the former Detroit mayor sent "a gut-wrenching request for aid."
In a statement released Wednesday Brooks defended his gift of money saying "As a pastor and community leader, my calling is to exhibit love and grace to all people – particularly to the forgotten and rejected members of society – even when it’s uncomfortable. When we recently gave a benevolent gift to the Kwame Kilpatrick family, we were staying true to our mission. Done in response to a gut-wrenching request for aid from Mr. Kilpatrick, our only intention was to help a family in need. While we deeply regret that this gift has offended anyone – particularly residents of Detroit – we hope that people will understand that our mission is not to judge, but to love. Ultimately, the goal of our church is as Jesus stated in John 13:35, 'They will know us by our love.' This is not the first time that we have provided aid to a person that is not universally loved by all. It won’t be the last."
The money order may violate the parole conditions that say Kilpatrick must report all income and gifts received.
The issue was raised after Kilpatrick was seen inside a Chesterfield Township Walmart in Dec. collecting a $2,000 money order from the pastor.
Kilpatrick kept $800 dollars from that money order and he sent $1,200 to another Walmart in Texas.
The next day Kilpatrick paid his $500 dollar restitution to the state of Michigan.
In a phone interview with Local 4 on Tuesday Broosk said, "We gave him a gift we got a letter he requested help. He was one of many people we helped for Christmas."
"I can honestly tell you I have no idea where he lives, what kind of car he drives, that is not my reason for helping him or not helping him, " said Brooks.