Kanye West Donates to Los Angeles and Chicago Charities Amid COVID-19 Crisis

’Tis the Yeezy season of giving.

Per People on Friday, Kanye West has donated an undisclosed amount to both the Dream Center in Los Angeles and We Women Empowered in his hometown of Chicago to provide meals to children, families, and the elderly amid the coronavirus pandemic.

While speaking to the publication, Josephine “Mother” Wade, the chairman and CEO of We Women Empowered, expressed her gratitude to the rapper for his generosity.

“I don’t know how to even put into words the miracle that happened today to change the course of the Southside of Chicago,” Wade said in a statement to People. “I am beyond gratified to know that in all of the suffering we have seen this week, through the tireless work to feed the hurting, hungry, and lonely — all of the sudden, out of the clear blue, we get a call from heaven that someone wants to help. And in one phone call, in an instance today, our world was changed.”

She continued, “Today when I got that call, that Kanye West wanted to help the elderly in Chicago and he chose his hometown in the Southside, his old neighborhood, I was beyond words,” Wade added.

Wade even told the outlet that she knew the musician’s mother, Donda, who passed away in 2007.

“He may not even realize it, but I knew his mother and I used to help them many years ago,” she exclaimed, adding, “All I can say is thank you, thank you, thank you.”

The Dream Center is located in Echo Park, California, and is currently serving meals every day from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. PT.

The Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization also provides relief to those affected by poverty, substance abuse, domestic violence, and human trafficking.

According to CNN, as of Friday at 4:38 p.m. ET, there have been at least 16,500 reported cases of COVID-19 in the United States, with 215 reported U.S. deaths.


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