By: Evette Champion
Lil Wayne is another celebrity to bring holiday cheer to those who aren’t as fortunate as most of us. He and boxer, Andre Berto, traveled to Haiti over the past weekend to hand out gifts to children that live in poverty.
Berto, who is of Haitian descent, donned a Santa suit and handed out gifts with Lil Wayne at a school on December 18th. The gifts include books, toys, and clothing from Wayne’s clothing line to 500 deserving students.
The charity event was organized by Karen Civil, a hip-hop blogger and activist. Wayne was more than happy to be involved with the event.
“A lot of people tend to forget about those who are less fortunate during the holiday season, not many understand how receiving just one item could bring so much joy to a child’s life, especially if they don’t have the same everyday luxuries that the more fortunate tend to overlook,” Wayne explains to KarenCivil.com. “I’m just grateful to be able to give back to Haiti in any way possible.”
Wayne traveled to Haiti just one month after undergoing a surgery on his shoulder. He posted on his Twitter account to keep fans updated after the operation and also remembered to thank the medical professionals who took care of him.
“Much luv 2 Dr. Kaplan & his team at Univ (university) of Miami hospital for a successful surgery,” Lil Wayne tweeted. “and dey (they) had me on the tunes during surgery… dope!”
Wayne suffered an injury after he tried to do an “ollie” while skateboarding in 2012. Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time Wayne had a health issue, as he suffers from epilepsy. Why, during 2013, he suffered through countless seizures but he refused to let them hold him back from what he sets out to do.
“I don’t remember anything about the experience,” he told NYLON Guys magazine of coping with multiple seizures two years ago. “I don’t mean to sound bad, but it wasn’t no life-changing thing. I shot myself when I was 12. I grew up in Hollygrove [area of New Orleans]. I’ve seen way worse.”
It’s always nice to see celebrities giving back to people, no matter where in the world they are. Is it foolish to hope that more people will take this lead and provide necessities to those who can’t provide for themselves? It’s a nice thought at least… No?