Chance The Rapper Raises $60k For Coats Donated To Chicago Homeless
December 29, 2015 at 10:06 AM (PT)
LAST FRIDAY, the rapper took to TWITTER to announce the funds had been raised: "The #thirdmixtape didn't slide down the chimney," he wrote, referencing his forthcoming project. "In more important news, good people raised almost $60,000 in 10 days for #WarmestWinter."
The WARMEST WINTER initiative is a partnership with THE EMPOWERMENT PLAN, a DETROIT organization organized to end homelessness. The company, which employs homeless parents as seamstresses, hopes to expand to CHICAGO.
The campaign's goal is to raise $100,000 through JANUARY 13th to fund 1,000 EMPWR coats, which can double as a sleeping bag or duffel.
According to the CHICAGO COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS, more than 125,000 people lived in homelessness in the city during the 2014-2015 school year. CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS identified 20,205 homeless students.
Upon donating, people are entered into a raffle for a variety of prizes including tickets to a CHICAGO BULLS or WHITE SOX game or tickets to a CHANCE THE RAPPER concert. For donating $100 to fund an entire coat, a person receives a limited edition poster and is entered in a raffle for a meet and greet with CHANCE THE RAPPER.