Rap star David Banner recently returned to Mississippi delivering holiday presents to families in need throughout his community.
According to NBC‘s WLBT, the rapper-turned-actor has begun his annual charity program Heal the Hood traveling throughout his native hometown Jackson visiting locals with bags of gifts. Partnering with Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Banner hopes to reach even more families this holiday season.
“The years before we were doing a lot for the children, but then we saw once we walked in the houses that there were a lot more needs that needed to be taken care of,” Banner told WLBT. “So now we’re doing for families.”
Driving throughout the town with additional vehicles and helpers to pass out presents, the residents have expressed their gratitude.
“We’re from New Orleans and we’re just finally trying to get ourselves together,” resident Jacqueline Carter told WLBT. “I’m a single mom, and I really didn’t have a lot of money to get these kids nothing. Oh my God, it’s such a blessing.”
Banner also reflected on the satisfaction he receives from running the annual event.
“You see the joy that you’re able to bring,” he said, “but then you also undestand that joy only lasts for a moment.”
The Southern rapper is reportedly going to head to Iraq to perform for stationed troops next month and attend President-elect Barack Obama’s upcoming inauguration in Washington, DC.