Chance The Rapper might not have gifted his third mixtape this holiday season, but the Chicago MC managed to rake in $60,000 in donations for the city’s homeless in 10 days.
“The #thirdmixtape didn’t slide down the chimney,” he tweeted the day after Christmas (Dec. 26). “In more important news, good people raised almost $60,000 in 10 days for #WarmestWinter.”
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) December 26, 2015
The rapper teamed with Warmest Winter and Detroit-based non-profit The Empowerment Plan to fund and gift 1,000 EMPWR coats — which double as sleeping bags — to give to those in need in his native city. The campaign is hoping to make 1,000 by Jan. 13.
“The Empowerment Plan can produce 1,000 coats on a budget of $100,000,” the official site read. “Our studies show that for each 1,000 coats distributed, we can save 14 lives.”
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) December 17, 2015
According to the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, more than 125,000 Chicagoans were homeless during the 2014-15 school year. Through Chance’s campaign, there are different tiers of gifts for donations, including chances to win tickets to a Chicago Bulls or White Sox game. A $100 donation also offers the opportunity to win two tickets to see Chance The Rapper perform in 2016.
On the musical front, the Chi-town do-gooder has been teasing his forthcoming mixtape at live shows. He recently appeared on NBC’s Saturday Night Live (Dec. 12) to premiere his song “Somewhere in Paradise.”