Young reportedly became a single parent when his wife died last year, and after a fire destroyed their home above a store last month, the Youngs found themselves in a hotel — which they have to leave by August 13th.
Young’s plight touched the Queensbridge artist, who started a fund-raising campaign to help the family get a new home. According to Nas:
“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.”
Watch a news report about Young here:
Nas himself has contributed $5,000 to the cause, and the campaign has raised $62,354 as of press time. For Nas, seeing the community come together to support the Youngs is the type of catalyst our communities need, “I know this is just one family out of millions, and we aren’t solving a global problem, but I believe that a happy ending to a story like this can be the beginning of something bigger for our communities. Everyone, if they can, should lend a hand to our fellow man in their times of need. We’ve all been truly blessed, and the least we can do is to pass those blessings forward.”
Young says he’s working with the Red Cross, the District of Columbia Office of the Tenant Advocate, family, and church in order to find a new home. But in gaging how successful the fund-raiser has become, he may not have to wait much longer for that to become reality.