LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — After a fire displaced a family of eight from their Northwest Washington apartment, a famous rapper has stepped in to help.

Up until about two weeks ago, Stanley Young and his eight children lived in an apartment in the 500 block of Kennedy Street NW. But a fire in the store below their apartment has left them homeless. The Youngs have since been living in a nearby hotel, but their last day there is Aug. 13.

Rapper Nas, who is visiting the District, saw the Youngs’ story on TV and decided to help the family. The musician created an online donation campaign to raise money to help the family secure future living arrangements.

Nas pledged $5,000 of his own money to the cause and asked the public to donate what they could. He said if the account raised $20,000, he would throw in another $5,000.

As of Thursday afternoon, with a big boost from social media, more than $20,000 had been raised.

“Thank y’all so much for your empathy and support for Stanley and his family,” Nas wrote after the total surpassed his original goal. “As a unit we are unstoppableā€¦ we’re making miracles with your help.”

Nas, who says he’s also a single father, said all of the money raised will go directly to the Youngs.

To donate to the Youngs, visit their CrowdTilt page here.


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