August 9, 2013


Nas Raises Money for Fire Victims' New Home

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When Nas saw a story on local Washington D.C. news about a family struggling to find a home after theirs was destroyed in a fire, the rapper stepped in to help.

Local affiliate WJLA recently profiled Stanley Young, an unemployed construction worker, and his eight children after their home was destroyed in a fire and the family took up residence in a hotel. The mother of Young's children passed away about a year ago, making Young a single dad. At the time the initial report aired, the family had about one week before they had to check out of the hotel.

Nas happened to be watching the newscast and immediately took action. He made a Crowdtilt page for the family, creating a place for donors to send money and asking fans to spread the word about the incident.

"I am also a single father, and we don't get enough credit in this country," Nas writes on the Crowdtilt page. "I'm committed to helping Stanley and his eight (yes 8!) kids. Moreover, I believe and hope that we should all, as a community, come together to help our fellow American men and women when they need us in desperate situations like this...

"This is real. It is me. I'm putting in $5,000 myself. Never done something like this, but I have faith that our American community can pull together a miracle for this strong family who needs our help right now."

In just one day, Nas and those who've contributed have donated over $43,000 for the Young family. "I'm grateful to Stanley Young. He's a true American dream," Nas told WJLA in a follow-up interview. "A man who will do whatever it takes to take care of his kids. I'm the same way, and I just think he's great."

Young feels the same toward Nas. "It's been surprising how much they did in a matter of hours. That is so amazing to me."