By now, we know we can count on Cardi B to add some brightness to the world, even when things are at their gloomiest (just spend a half hour on her social media accounts if you don’t believe us). But this week, the Bronx-born rapper went above and beyond on the delightfulness scale by hitting the streets of New York and handing out hundreds of coats and sneakers to people in need.
According to WABC, Cardi was seen on Thursday at the Marlboro Houses, a housing complex in Gravesend, New York, where a crowd had gathered to get a glimpse (and selfies) with the hip-hop queen. The swell of people surprised Cardi, who had shown up to help the community as temperatures drop over the weekend (the National Weather Service had issued a freeze warning in parts of upstate New York.)
“I didn’t know it was gonna be so big,” Cardi B told WABC. “My homeboy Chuck, he told me, ‘Hey, let’s give out coats to our community, I know somebody who wants to give out coats in Marlboro,’ and I said, ‘I’m pulling out, what’s up?'”
Billboard reports that some of the coats and shoes were donated with help from organizations such as NY Tent Sale, Trax NYC, and Daniel’s Leather. The event was set up by friends of Cardi, and she made it out—despite arriving four hours late because of a scheduled photo shoot. Videos show her rolling in full of excitement and ready to help.
“You gotta support the ppl who supported you,” Cardi B says in footage while handing out the items.
Cardi took to Instagram later to thank people for braving the cold to see her, and indicated this isn’t the last time we’ll see her out and about doing good deeds: “IT WAS LIT IN MARLBORO TODAY !My Hat @astonmartinchuck hit me up a couple of days ago about a coat giveaway we couldn’t believe how big this was and how many people pulled up, i wasn’t ready😩😩!Thanks Marlboro! I shot RED BARZ & PULL UP ON ME out here .I will be back before the year end .THANKS @traxnyc @Astonmartinchuck @danielsleather @nytentsale @mr_Footwork @bg_chopwhop FOR putting this together and the Marlboro community 🎩.I can’t wait to this in my borough next BX.”
Feeling inspired by Cardi? You can donate coats by getting involved with the organizations below.
One Warm Coat: This nationalnon-profit organization provides free coats to anyone in need.
Operation Warm: Thisorganization provides brand new coats to children across the country.
Coats For Kids: This is theSalvation Army’s effort to collect thousands of coats for children.
New York Cares: New YorkCares organizes coat drives every year, and you can help by textingCOAT to 41444 and donating just $20, which is enough to help NewYorkers buy a new winter coat.