Drake went on quite the generosity spree this week while filming a music video in Miami for his new track "God's Plan." Through donations and good deeds, the rapper showed his love for the city and many strangers.
On Monday, Drake performed on a crane above Miami Senior High's baseball field as a drone flew overhead to record the concert for his music video. "God's Plan" has held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 list for two weeks now after breaking Spotify and Apple Music's single-day streaming records.
After the performance, Drake donated $25,000 to the school and even offered to buy new uniforms for the students, according to the Miami Herald.
“The next thing you know, you got the crowd of students and a couple of alumni going crazy when he got the music playing while recording,” alumnus Edgar Grant Santiago told the newspaper. “It was amazing and unexpected. Where can you say you got Drake to go your school? At Miami Senior High, that’s where. That was truly God’s plan to bless the school.”
Drake later made another surprise visit to the University of Miami, where he performed and made another donation. He awarded a student with a $50,000 scholarship toward her tuition. Destiny James, the recipient of the scholarship, shared a photo on Instagram, thanking the artist for his generosity.
"Drake told me that he has read great things about me and appreciates how hard I've worked through so many trials and decided to give me $50K for my tuition. @champagnepapi THANK YOU SO MUCH!! You don't understand what this means to me!" James wrote on Instagram. "I would've never imagined this happening to me. I'm just a girl from Denmark, SC that wants to MAKE IT and be somebody and for you to see my hard work means the world."
On Tuesday, Drake continued to spread kindness around Miami. He dropped by Lotus House, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of homeless women and children. He donated toys and games to 140 kids, and handed out $150 Target gift cards to 130 women.
"He wanted to give surprises and change people lives,” Isabella Dell'Oca, program director for Lotus House, told Local 10 News. “We are so happy he came out. Our guests felt so special and so loved.”
He also gave the organization a $50,000 check, which will go toward providing meals to the more than 260 women and children who live at the homeless shelter, according to Dell'Oca.
Drake later visited the Sabor Tropical Supermarket at around 4 p.m., where he announced on a megaphone that he would be paying for all the shoppers' groceries, according to E! News. He reportedly spent $50,000 on the strangers' groceries.
"He took photos with everyone who asked and shook hands," Guille Deza, one of the lucky shoppers at the supermarket at the time, told E! News. "He helped people find what they were looking for and encouraged all — to buy everything they want and to fill their carts."
Drake also took to social media to share his experience helping people in Miami. "Last 3 days were the best I have had in a very long time ... there’s nothing like seeing people experience a joyful moment when you can tell they need it the most," he captioned a photo of himself.