We love tinsel and trappings as much as the next Elf on the Shelf devotees, but here at A Plus, we believe that true wintertime magic comes in the form of connection and human kindness. Over the next month, come back and join us in raising a glass to those who give — because what's December without a little holiday spirit?
Not all heroes wear capes — and Chance the Rapper is a prime example. In March, the performer donated $1 million to Chicago Public Schools for arts and enrichment programming. In February, he made history when he his album Coloring Book became the first streaming-only album to win a Grammy. Then, he donated the award to the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago. He also became the youngest person ever to win the BET Humanitarian Award for his efforts towards bettering his hometown.
On Monday, Chance continued his charitable acts when he gifted 300 pairs of unreleased Jordan Retro 11s to high school students during his monthly OpenMike night. The evening is in partnership with the Chicago Public Library "to present a safe space for high schools students to share, express, and network with like-minded individuals," it says on the website of Chance's charity, SocialWorks.
"At Monday's event, which featured rapper Korporate as a speaker, Chance took the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium stage, then gifted 300 pairs of $220 Jordan 11s to every single attendee — and these sneakers won't be released until Saturday, December 9 at 10 a.m. ET," Mashable reports.
In a video Chance tweeted, viewers can hear the cheers from the crowd as Chance opens up a pack of the sneakers:
"Until next year... POWER TO THE PEOPLE..." Chance tweeted.
Just another in Chance's ongoing streak of charitable giving.
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