Chicago born emcee Chance The Rapper is doing his part to make a positive impact on his community. As his dedication to his hometown is no secret, the rapper recently raised an astonishing $100,000 in donations to help supply the homeless with winter coats.
Chance and The Empowerment Plan launched the Warmest Winter Initiative with the hopes of donating 1,000 coats to Chicago’s homeless community in December 2015. The Empowerment Plan, a Detroit non-profit fighting to end homelessness, is looking to expand to Chicago in the near future. With more than 125,000 homeless people in the area, the Chicago Coalition For the Homeless estimates that as many as 20,000 of them are young children. Chance wanted to give them “self heating” and “water resistant” coats so that they can more easily power through the brutal winter season. With additional functionality, the coats can even adjust themselves into a sleeping bag and can also be used as an over-the-shoulder bag when it’s not being worn.
Chance gave fans an update to the campaign and announced that it raised almost $60,000 in the first 10 days. In total, the initiative has raised $103,481 and supplied 1,034 winter coats. “Thanks to good people we raised over $100000 in a few weeks for #WarmestWinter We’ll keep buying coats til the 13th,” the rapper tweeted.
Donators of the campaign are also entered into a raffle for various prizes including concert tickets to Chance’s upcoming shows and tickets to Chicago Bulls and Chicago White Sox games. People who donate at least $100 are entered into a special raffle for a chance to attend an exclusive meet and greet with the rapper.
Kudos to Chance for being such a positive figure in his community.
Donations for the #WarmestWinter initiative are still being accepted. If you’re interested in donating, visit the link below: