It’s back to school time! In order to joyfully bring in the occasion, Chance The Rapper is continuing his charitable spirit and will be providing Chicago students in need with supplies. That’s right, Lil’ Chano from 79th teamed up with STATE Bags to donate 30,000 backpacks to children living in Chicago’s most impoverished neighborhoods, distributed through Chance’s SocialWorks empowerment charity.
“What too often gets lost in the negative narrative swirling around the city’s most underfunded and embattled communities is the undeniable love, hope, and pride that is bursting from these very neighborhoods and the incredible, resilient kids living within them,” per an official initiative press release. “This is the story STATE co-founders Scot and Jacq Tatelman have seen firsthand, and the one they are committed to sharing with the world.”
Scot and Jacq Tateleman will be joining the artist to personally handed out the bags to thousands of Chicago kids and their families at the Bud Billiken parade this past Saturday. The parade is Chicago’s official back-to-school affair.
@chancetherapper non-profit organization SocialWorks gave away 30,000 backpacks filled with school supplies 2 children, PLUS A FREE CONCERT! pic.twitter.com/L82yC6LxhZ— DEON COLE (@deoncole) August 13, 2017
Chance even surprised the parade-goers with a free concert!
The amount of emotion that this man can bring to his crowd is unreal. Thanks, @chancetherapper , for everything that you stand for. #BBBash pic.twitter.com/mmc4D85Dvm— eliz7abeth (@Eliz7abeth) August 13, 2017
@chancetherapper Thank You So Much For Yesterday from the bottom of my soul ❤️. You are so humble and sooooo amazing. I’m forever grateful. pic.twitter.com/Th6KmZ6Utz— HE.SLAYYED 👑🥀 (@HeSlayyed) August 13, 2017
Overall, it was such a positive event. With Chicago’s reputation rife with crime and gang activity in the national news, it was nice to see that this event was filled with pure joy and a giving spirit.
@chancetherapper brings out the positivity in Chicago. no shootings at the bud this year 😎 thanks bro ❤️— Jengo (@jengoraps) August 13, 2017
So, now that it’s back-to-school time for the kids from the Chi, what does Chance have to say to those students?
If you started school today Shoutout you man! Also how are you reading this... pay attention— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) August 14, 2017
Chance is definitely one of the good ones!
What do you think inspires Chance The Rapper to give back so often to his community?