Chicago bred emcee Chance The Rapper is once again doing his part to make a positive impact on the community.
The rapper born Chancelor Bennett shared via social media that his Warmest Winter campaign has been successful in reaching its goal of raising $100,000 and buying 1,000 coats for Chicago’s homeless population of more than 125,000. The Chicago Coalition For the Homeless estimates that as many as 20,000 of those homeless are school age children.
“Thanks to good people we raised over $100000 in a few weeks for #WarmestWinter We’ll keep buying coats til the 13th,” the twenty-something rapper beamed via Twitter. In total, the initiative has so far raised $103,481 and purchased 1,034 coats.
Donators are entered into a raffle for an array of prizes that include tickets to Chance’s upcoming shows and tickets to Chicago Bulls and Chicago White Sox games. Those that are able to donate at least $100 are entered into a special drawing for a chance to attend an exclusive meet-n-greet with the rapper.
The Warmest Winter initiative is a partnership with The Empowerment Plan, a Detroit organization fighting to end homelessness. The company, which employs homeless parents as seamstresses, is looking to expand to Chicago in the near future.
Donations for Chance The Rapper’s Warmest Winter initiative are still being accepted. If interested in donating please visit www.crowdrise.com/warmestwinterchicago/fundraiser/empowermentplan.