Hip-Hop Community Delivers To Homeless Community

Hip Hop For The Homeless: A company bringing communities together through music

Thursday, November 16th 2023, 6:35 pm

By: News 9, Mike Glover


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It’s about the community coming together and having a good time to help those experiencing homelessness.

“It will be just like a big family reunion, a big picnic, where nobody is judged,” said Roy Henderson, founder of Hip Hop for The Homeless.

Henderson started Hip Hop for the homeless three years ago. “Music often makes people feel good, and so when you play feel-good music, and you offer the kind of things that we will be giving away, that makes them look good, feel good, about themselves,” said Henderson.

This Saturday as the music plays in the parking lot of the Homeless Alliance, at 1724 Northwest 4th Street, there will be lots of things given to the homeless to help them feel good. “Haircuts. We’re giving away haircuts. We’re even bringing showers. We’re bringing portable showers,” said Henderson.

Plus, coats, tents, backpacks, and even sleeping bags. “Hats, scarves, toiletries, food,” said Henderson. “We wrap them in Christmas paper, and we put them in Christmas bags so that when we pass them out to them, they feel special,” said Crystal Carter, with Hip Hop for the Homeless. 

Donated items can be dropped off at 10:30 AM and volunteers are welcome to come and join in the fun and set up at 10:30 as well. “We’re asking people to come out, it’s a great time to show kids how to give back,” said Henderson.

Kellie Slaughter came as a volunteer last year and knew immediately that she would be back. “I was a volunteer just simply serving food and was so inspired and moved by this event that I wanted to help and so here we are,” said Slaughter. “I just want people to see that there are still good people in the world and there will be a lot of good people down here on both sides of the table,” said Henderson.

All the fun is from 1 to 4 PM at the Homeless Alliance with the hope of delivering one thing. “Some of these people just need love,” said Henderson.

Donated items need to be new or slightly used. For more information about Hip Hop for the Homeless visit their website www.hiphop4homeless.com

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