Grammy-winning artist Drake once rapped, “Donate a million to some children, that’s just how I’m feeling.” This week, he didn’t quite get to a million, but Drake is donating to more than just “some children.”
The Toronto-native has been giving out tens of thousands of dollars to people at Miami, Florida high schools, homeless shelters and even grocery stores. The total dollar amount donated reached at least $204,500, according to reports from the Miami Herald, Local 10 News, E! News and other outlets.
The charity-spree began when Drake shot parts of the music video for his new song, “God’s Plan,” at Miami Senior High School. To a ballistic crowd of teenagers, the rapper announced he would donate $25,000 to the school and donate additional school uniforms from his clothing line, October’s Very Own.
Afterward, Drake felt like donating a little bit more. He surprised University of Miami student Destiny James, a public health major, with a $50,000 donation to her tuition. James said Drake made the donation after reading an essay detailing the trials she overcame to get to college and told her he appreciated how hard she’s worked, according to her Instagram post.
This happened today. I applied to scholarships last year for which I had to write an essay. I received those scholarships and thought that was the end of it. Apparently, my essay and my story made it to other departments. I was contacted this weekend about doing a video speaking about where I come from, things I've been through, and why it is so important for scholarship donors to continue to donate. This was the surprise the whole time. Drake told me that he has read great things about me and appreciates how hard I've worked through so many trials and decided to give me $50K for my tuition. @champagnepapi THANK YOU SO MUCH!!' You don't understand what this means to me! I would've never imagined this happening to me. I'm just a girl from Denmark, SC that wants to MAKE IT and be somebody and for you to see my hard work means the world. Thank you so much. God I thank you. You are so great and amazing! Thank you for blessing me when I thought my hard work was going unnoticed. I'm living out my dreams. God's Plan 🙏🏾
The rapper also gave an additional $10,000 to the university’s Frost School of Music outreach program that serves struggling children in nearby communities, according to the University of Miami’s student paper.
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The rapper also paid for all the patrons at Sabor Tropical Supermarket, encouraging people to fill their carts and get as much as they wanted. The grocery tab totaled $50,000, according to E! News.
Finally, Drake surprised residents of the Lotus Village homeless shelter for women and children with yet another $50,000 that would go towards a new facility. The rapper also handed out $150 Target gift cards to all 130 women who live at the shelter, according to the Miami Herald — totaling $19,500. He even gave toys and games to the 140 children who reside at the shelter.
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SOURCE: CNN Money – Allana Akhtar