YG is helping families in his hometown of Los Angeles by giving $10,000 worth of personal protective equipment (PPE) to at least 100 families during the COVID-19 crisis.
The donation, which will be in the form of care packages, will come through the rapper’s 4Hunnid Ways nonprofit organization. The packages will contain gloves, masks, water, diapers, bottles, detergent, clothes and toys like board games. They’ll be distributed to families in need in Central Los Angeles.
“Nothing prepares you for a situation like this,” YG and his business partner Sheron Barber told TMZ in a statement. “Rather than sit by and wait for updates on how people in underserved circumstances are going to be assisted, we took the initiative to listen to the needs of families and provide all the necessary items to help them through quarantine while still practicing social distance.”
The need for people in underserved areas having proper care and PPE during the pandemic has been a major topic of discussion in Black and brown communities.
Similar to what YG and his business partner said, others also have advised people in those areas to be proactive when it comes to protecting themselves.
New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins is one of those people, who issued that message earlier in April on Instagram.
“Bad policy, institutional neglect, and overexposure place us disproportionately in arms reach of the dangers of this deadly virus,” said Jenkins. “We cannot wait for a government that has never prioritized us. We must look out for ourselves.”
Others like Sean “Diddy” Combs also have spoken out about Black people being disproportionately affected by the virus. Recent statistics show that Black folks are dying from COVID-19 at much higher rates compared to other racial groups.
“The facts are sobering, they’re depressing and they’re tragic,” said Combs during CNN’s “The Color of Covid” special on Saturday, April 18. “African- Americans helped to build this country and make this country great. We don’t deserve to be in this position. We don’t deserve to always be thought of last. I want to say to my people: Let’s not wait on nobody to save us. Let’s use this as a reset.”