Stanley Young, an unemployed single father of eight whose home caught on fire last week, received help from an unexpected source. Queens-bred rapper Nasir “Nas” Jones lent a helping hand to Young, who has been seeking shelter at a local hotel in Washington DC as he tries to secure a permanent home for his family.
“I am also a single father, and we don’t get enough credit in this country. 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. See if you can’t find a few dollars to help the Youngs get back on their feet with me. We need to raise enough to extend their stay, and maybe even afford a down payment on a new house or something.”
Nas, who has contributed $5,000 to the campaign himself, has already received more than 2,100 donations and raised over $62,000, exceeding his target goal of $50,000. With six days left, the rapper continues to spread the word through his various social media accounts.