“I’m very proud that Kanye is responding once again to our request to help Englewood’s children and beyond,” Chicago Mayor Stephanie Coleman told the media. “He is no stranger to our community. His presence has always been felt in our neighborhoods and he likes to visit, but this Christmas he has truly been our Santa Claus of our days.” West himself did not attend this event, which reportedly features food, games and, of course, a visit from Santa Claus, with the help of various local businesses and organizations.
This is not the first time Kanye West has made charitable gestures. When the COVID-19 pandemic first hit the U.S. in March 2020, the rapper also donated to the Dream Center in Los Angeles and We Women Empowered in Chicago, giving an undisclosed amount to any charity foundation in an effort to provide food for children, families and the elderly affected by the initial coronavirus outbreak.