By Amarylis Martinez
With the temperatures dropping and an early snowfall in New York City it is imperative that all New Yorkers bundle up. According to the Coalition for the Homeless, each night more than 40,000 people – including more than 16,000 children – experience homelessness in New York City. Def Jam rapper and Brooklyn native, Fabolous has taken a stand for this cause launching his first annual Three Kings Coat Drive through his newly founded charity foundation, A Fabolous Way.
In an interview with Pix11 Fabolous was quoted saying:
The winter is coming and it’s getting cold and people need coats and people don’t have the opportunity to go out and buy themselves coats. So, we wanted to encourage other people who have coats to donate or donate winter gear. There’s plenty of people with two or three coats in their closets that they never wear.
The Three Kings Coat Drive is being supported by two well known icons in the City That Never Sleeps, Yankee Robinson Cano and Giants player Ahmad Bradshaw. In coalition with New York Cares, Dr. Jays and Hot97 the Three Kings Coat Drive began on November 1 and will last until December 1 with the goal of collecting 100,000 coats this winter. All Dr. Jays clothing store locations in New York City and New Jersey will serve as the coat drop-off sites. As a token of appreciation, every donor will receive 10% off their next coat purchase at participating Dr. Jays’ stores.
During the Three Kings Coat Drive launch, Fabolous was present at Dr. Jays in Manhattan collecting coats. Appropriately, the first coat donated was a popular New York Yankees jacket. Surprisingly, singer Trey Songz (who was in town promoting his new album) stopped by to show his support for Fabolous and his first annual Three Kings Coat Drive.
Fabolous has been actively spreading the word and creating awareness by personally tweeting about the coat drive. Anyone who takes a picture donating a coat will be retweeted and followed by Fabolous himself. Help spread the word and tweet using the hashtag #3kingscoatdriveNYC.
To see a list of participating Dr. Jays’ stores or to support this cause, visit www.afabolousway.org
Fabolous and Trey Songz at Three Kings Coat Drive Kickoff