The Game is putting his money where his mouth is and he’s calling out other celebrities who aren’t keeping up with his very generous donation. The Game, whose real name is Jayceon Taylor, just donated $1 million in bottled water to help aid the Flint water crisis; $500,000 of that amount will come from his personal funds while the other half will be donated by Avita Water through the rapper’s non-profit The Robin Hood Project.
According to Vibe, The Game has a very personal reason for his interest in the Flint water crisis. The Game’s sister and her kids live in Flint and are currently dealing with the dangerous water being pumped to residents of the city. On Instagram, the rapper explained his reasons for getting involved in helping people who live so far away from his Los Angeles home. The Game wrote, “…my younger sister & her children live there & 2nd because I care… Most of these celebs on here faking using the word ‘Pledge’ in their so called donations are not fooling anyone!!!!” The rapper even pointed out that the $500,000 amount wasn’t an arbitrary number; it is the amount he has currently earned while touring — and The Game donated it all. See his Instagram post here.
The Game went on to call out others who have made donations hoping to help ease the Flint water crisis. Both Madonna and Jimmy Fallon have ponied up $10,000 each. The Game called their donations “cute” and then challenged both celebrities to match him and up their donations to $1 million each as well. Some think Madonna should take particular interest in helping out in the wake of the Flint water crisis, considering the “Material Girl” singer certainly can afford to give way more than she did, and also because Madonna grew up just 45 minutes away from Flint in Bay City, Michigan.
The Game explained that the city of Flint has a population of about 105,000 who need water assistance. The rapper estimated that the average person will need at least 9 bottles of water per day until the crisis is under control and that will add up to a lot of water bottles. He urged anyone else interested in helping out the residents of Flint to go ahead and match his donation. In another Instagram post about his efforts to help ease the water crisis, The Game wrote, “I challenge both & anyone else in the world to match me & DONATE $1,000,000 in bottled water to Flint, Michigan & we want proof, shipping order receipts, bank wire receipts, pictures etc……….. No more pretending to give a f**k.”
The Game even announced that the first shipment of water was expected to arrive in Flint on Wednesday at 1 p.m. The rapper announced the location of the water shipment, which happened to be at a food bank located in Flint. He also posted a copy of the bank transfer from The Robin Hood Project to Avita Water on Instagram, revealing that the foundation’s current balance is $13 million. Imagine all the good The Game and other donors behind The Robin Hood Project can do with all that money.
Something some may not know about The Game is that he’s done a lot of very charitable things in the years he has run the Robin Hood Project. The foundation is responsible for a housing program that has proved more successful than most government initiatives. The Robin Hood Foundation claims that 92 percent of people entering their housing program don’t go back to shelters. There is even a program through The Game’s charity to help adults earn their GED.
The Game’s huge donation via The Robin Hood Project to aid in bringing residents safe water during the Flint water crisis is admirable. While The Game was criticized for calling out the lesser donations coming from other people, the rapper defended himself by saying he was just trying to encourage them.
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