Queens native and rapper, Nas, whose has been known to spit the real on his songs, is now changing real lives in Northwest, Washington D.C.
The rapper is currently helping a D.C father of eight kids by the name of Stanley Young and his family to raised funds so that they can move to a new residence after a fire destroyed their home and personally gave them $5000 to kick start the fundraiser.
The rapper spoke on Stanley’s behalf on a site called Crowdtilt and had this to say:
I am also a single father, and we don’t get enough credit in this country. I’m committed to helping Stanley and his eight (yes 8!) kids. Moreover, I believe and hope that we should all, as a community, come together to help our fellow American men and women when they need us in desperate situations like this.
See if you can’t find a few dollars to help the Youngs get back on their feet with me. We need to raise enough to extend their stay, and maybe even afford a down payment on a new house or something.
This is real. It is me. I’m putting in $5,000 myself. Never done something like this, but I have faith that our American community can pull together a miracle for this strong family who needs our help right now. If we can get to the $20,000 goal, I’ll put in another $5,000 too.
Thanks and God bless.
And to make things more complicated for this single father of eight, the mother of all his children passed away about a year ago.
As of this morning, Nas has helped raise almost $35,000, and is looking to raise at least $50,000 by August 13, which is the date that Stanley (a unemployed construction worker) and his family will be required to vacate the hotel they are living in.
Meanwhile, Stanley was taken aback by all the support. He told ABC 7:
So many people just came out of nowhere and put out money and we were blown away. It’s been surprising how much they did within a couple of hours. That is so amazing to me. It’s overwhelming. He don’t have to do what he had to do. People, strangers I don’t even know, never met before in my life, are helping and that’s amazing.
And the New York emcee added:
Thank you to ABC for putting this on our radar so we know about this. We just knew we had to do something. I’m grateful to Stanley. He’s the true American dream. A man who would do whatever it takes to take care of his kids. I’m the same way and I just think he’s great.
Nas is in direct contact with Stanley and his family, and they are hoping that the $50,000 will help the Youngs find a permanent place to live versus a temporary solution.
This story is so heartbreaking! And if you’d like to make a donation to Stanley and his family, please click HERE.