Chance the Rapper is doing some legit (and more than commendable) work for the homeless community of Chicago. He’s partnered up with Detroit-based charity, The Empowerment Plan, to bring at least 1,000 high-tech coats to the less fortunate.
The “Warmest Winter” campaign launched this past Wednesday and Chance has been doing any and everything to promote it and get donations in. Offering concert tickets, tickets for local sporting teams, providing facts over The Empowerment Plan and images of exactly what the product will look like.
These aren’t just your normal winter coats, each one takes $100 to make – they’re self-insulating and can convert into a tote or a sleeping bag. If you’ve ever been up North to visit or a native from the area, like myself, then you know Chicago winter is nothing to play with. The snow, that wind, the cold …psssh. I use to have to wear a face mask just so my face wouldn’t get cut – I couldn’t imagine what it’d be like to survive a winter up there being homeless.
The city has an estimated 125,848 people that belong to the homeless community, according to the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and about 7% of the U.S. homeless population die from hypothermia, so these coats are heaven-sent for those that need them; allowing wearers to stay dry, mobile and warm. And if you weren’t getting ready to donate already, the Empowerment Plan hires previously homeless people from local shelters to make these coats for the homeless. So far $43,000 has been raised and 430 coats have been made.