Just before Christmas, Tip and his Harris Community Works put together a Holiday Caravan with three days of giving away hundreds of toys, jackets, shoes, bags and more.
“I’m proud to be able to give back to people who need it most. I’m honored to be an instrument and a vessel for good. It’s a blessing to be a blessing.” T.I. said in a statement.
From December 10 through December 17, Tip hosted lunch for the Next Level Boys Academy, a diversion program which aims to keep young men out of prison by offering classes and re-education for first offenders, spent time with the children at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta-Egleston Hospital and helped celebrate the graduation of recent grads from DeKalb County Accountability Courts.
In a post shared to Instagram on December 14, Tip highlighted the fortune of being a blessing to the individuals part of Next Level Boys Academy.
“Had the pleasure of partnering with @nextlevelboysacademy & @dtlrofficial for the second year to celebrate youngsters who’s commitment to change, growth, & evolution diverted their path from prison to prosperity,” he wrote. “@nextlevelboysacademy offer kids a second chance at life by diverting 750,000+ yrs of prison time last year & 900,000+ this year!!! @iamgarydavissr is doing phenomenal work and we @harriscommunityworks are proud to support him in his efforts.”
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Tip’s Harris Community Works, a subsidiary of his Us or Else Corp, is a non-profit,
charitable organization that empowers and elevates the community through education, awareness, and opportunity.
The Atlanta rapper and philanthropist’s yearly plans took on an additional item this month when he and fellow ATLien Killer Mike announced they were continuing their effort to restore the beloved Bankhead Seafood restaurant in their hometown.
“It’s been a part of my life as long as I’ve been on earth,” Killer Mike said. “If you’re writing a show or a book about Michael Render and his family, (Bankhead Seafood) would definitely be one of the characters.”