Nas Helps Raise Over $35,000 For a Homeless Single Father With 8 Kids [Video]

Rucuss staffAugust 9, 2013

Nas used his star power to help a family in need.

The Def Jam Recording artist came across the story of Stanley Young, a single father of eight children who had lost his home to a fire, on the news and he decided to start a campaign to help them find a new home.

According to ABC News D.C. affiliate, WJLA, Young and his family have been temporarily residing in a hotel for the last two weeks, after a fire destroyed their home two weeks ago. Though the hotel has provided temporary shelter for the family, they must move out by August 13.

In a message submitted to the fundraising site Crowdtilt, Nas wrote:

Stanley Young is an unemployed construction worker and single father. Two weeks ago, a fire destroyed his home. His family is stuck in a hotel, but time is running out. I could barely watch his tragic story on the news — they will be kicked out by August 13th if we don’t do something to help now.

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.

This is real. It is me. I’m putting in $5,000 myself. Never done something like this, but I have faith that our American community can pull together a miracle for this strong family who needs our help right now. If we can get to the $20,000 goal, I’ll put in another $5,000 too.

Thanks and God bless.

So far, Nas has helped raise over $36,000. But he hopes to raise at least $50,000 by Aug. 13. That is the date that Young and his family will be required to vacate the hotel they are living in.

“So many people just came out of nowhere and put out money and we were blown away,” Young said. “It’s been surprising how much they did within a couple of hours. That is so amazing to me. It’s overwhelming. He [Nas] don’t have to do what he had to do. People, strangers I don’t even know, never met before in my life, are helping and that’s amazing.”

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Nas thinks Young and his family is the ‘true American dream.’

“Thank you to ABC for putting this on our radar so we know about this,” Nas said. “We just knew we had to do something. I’m grateful to Stanley. He’s the true American dream. A man who would do whatever it takes to take care of his kids. I’m the same way and I just think he’s great.”

Young is raising his eight kids alone because his wife died last year. Nas, who is in direct contact with the family, hopes $50,000 lands them a permanent place to live. If you would like to donate, please go Crowdtilt.

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