Kanye West continues his philanthropic efforts amid the pandemic aftermath.

According to People, the Grammy-winning rapper donated to We Women Empowered, in his hometown of Chicago, and the Dream Center in Los Angeles.

We Women Empowered founder and CEO Josephine “Mother,” Wade said in a statement, 

“I don’t know how to even put into words the miracle that happened today to change the course of the Southside of Chicago.

She added, “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.”

The company works to “empower” community initiatives such as delivering meals to the elderly and other reliable resources for families and schools.

Wade’s organization caters to the needs of select Chicago neighborhoods such as Woodlawn, Washington Park, Avalon Park, Grand Boulevard, and more.

Even more interesting is that Wade knew West’s late mother, Donda, who died in 2007 from surgery complications.

“[Kanye West may] not even realize it, but I knew his mother and I used to help them many years ago,” she said. “All I can say is thank you, thank you, thank you.”

The Dream Center, located in Echo Park, California, has programs to help community members rebuild their lives. Between their residential and outreach programs, the organization holds steady in working for the disadvantaged.

They believe the donation West gave will provide not only hope but “thousands of meals” for children and elders in need.

A single mother of two expressed the hardships she’s had to face amid Covid-19’s aftermath. “We can’t sit around and not prepare because we don’t know what’s going to happen,” she said as tears started to form.

According to The Los Angeles Times, L.A. County ranks high in poverty. That, in turn, affects residents to contract the virus or likely succumb to its complications.

Dr. Clayton Chau, director of the OC Health Care Agency, says Covid cases are on the rise.

“We are seeing a summer wave in cases and hospitalizations, and this move to the ‘high’ transmission level confirms that,” he said in a statement.

Chau added, “To protect those at high risk, we are recommending that OC residents continue masking in public, indoor settings, especially those who are at high risk or living with loved ones who have comorbidities, are immunocompromised or are prone to getting sick.”

Willing to donate to either organization? Check out the official sites for We Women Empowered and Dream Center for complete details.

Emil Flemmon

Èmil Flemmon is the Managing Editor for the 360 Baseline Movement. The Atlanta-based editor, red carpet interviewer, writer, and photographer, has had a career spanning over a decade in the editorial industry. His work has been featured in Kontrol Magazine, The Atlanta Voice, Blavity, Aspire TV, REVOLT, The Jasmine Brand, and Where Y'at Magazine in New Orleans. His mission is to help journalists and publicists have better connectivity and relationships exclusively through the movement.

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