Back when he was Puffy, Sean Diddy Combs informed the world, “It’s all about the Benjamins”. Last week, however, it was all about the “Ulysseses” as the rap mogul handed out $50-dollar COVID relief “grants” to hundreds of residents in Miami’s Overtown neighborhood.
Diddy in concert, Richard Burdett, CC license; Diddy in Miami, Twitter/@RapAllStars
Observing health and safety protocol, Combs and his kids also distributed supermarket gift cards and gift bags filled with essential hygiene products.
Additionally, Comb’s charitable organization, in tandem with event organizer/philanthropist Michael Gardner and local youth group Teens Exercising Extraordinary Success, pulled together rent assistance for 175 area families suffering pandemic-related financial hardship.
“I talked to Diddy and he wanted to do something to give back to the community,” Gardner told The Miami Herald. “He didn’t want to have to go through the traditional channels. He really wanted to make sure the people in the community actually received the gift[s].”
Diddy’s hands-on approach was met with overwhelming enthusiasm. The sentiments of the crowd (estimated to have topped 1,200) was summed up by one thankful woman who said, “It’s a blessing for me and my family to come out here and get a gift card. [It’s] something I appreciate so much.”
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