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Here's how your favorite rappers have been helping those less fortunate this Christmas

A photo of Latto.
Latto. (Shutterstock/Kathy Hutchins)

Spending time with family, exchanging gifts, and enjoying festive feasts – Christmas is a time of year that many of us treasure.


Not everybody, however, is so fortunate.


According to a 2022 census by the United States government, 11.5% of the country's population, which equates to 37.9 million people, live in poverty.


According to a 2022 count by the government's Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R), 582,462 people across America are homeless.


For those that fall into those brackets – as well as countless others – Christmas isn't so joyous. Children will have no presents under the tree, people will be going hungry, and many will be sleeping rough in the cold.


Famous rappers tend to live on the other end of this spectrum. Fortunately, many realize so and do their best during the festive season to help those less fortunate.


Here are just some of the superstar emcees who have been giving back this year.


Latto


Latto donated over $500,000 in gifts as part of her third annual Christmas In Clayco event, which took place on Saturday.


Many of the gifts came through Latto's brand partners such as Savage x Fenty, Apple, and Wingstop.


The event was organized by Latto’s Win Some Give Some foundation, which was established in 2021 to support at-risk youth.


“Words cannot express how amazing it is to have Latto return to Clayton County to help spread some holiday cheer throughout our community," District 1 Commissioner Dr. Alieka Anderson said in a statement. "Her generosity is sincerely appreciated."



Paul Wall


Last week, Paul Wall joined forces with Katy's Angels, a non-profit organization in Houston, Texas, to provide underprivileged children ranging from six to 15 years of age with Christmas gifts.


The "Drive Slow" rapper is also hosting his own Christmas charity event in Houston on December 22, where local kids will be given free toys and food.


Offset


On December 2, Offset held his second annual “Toys 4 The Nawf” Christmas charity event.


Held at Berkmar High School in Gwinnett County, children were treated to toys, coats, and haircuts from local barbers.


Kids also received mental health checkups, while Xfinity Wireless helped hook up families without internet with free access.


“I’m going to do this every year," Offset told Black Enterprise of the event. "Give back to my people and never forget them. I see the beautiful kids’ faces and how it makes them smile to be in my presence. It’s an inspiration to them.” 



Jelly Roll


Jelly Roll held a toy drive in Nashville, Tennessee between October 20 and December 15.


What started with the "Son of a Sinner" musician offering to buy "$100,000" worth of Walmart toys to donate to local kids quickly turned into one of the biggest toy drives in the city's history.


"[Walmart] were like, ‘Hey, well, first of all, we'll buy toys, and then we'll open up our stores to you," Jelly Roll told People of the drive.


"And then Hasbro came in, and then Coca-Cola came in, and then the Nashville Predators came in, and then this thing started taking [on] a life of its own," he added.


On Saturday, Jelly Roll was spotted dropping off a semitruck full of toys at The Last Minute Toy Store, which provides toys, books, games, and sports equipment to families in need during the holiday season.


"You are changing music and lives," Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall said of the rapper.

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