Megan Thee Stallion has partnered with US Representative Sheila Jackson Lee to help rebuild her hometown of Houston in the wake of Winter Storm Uri.
After Texas’ historic freeze left millions without power last month, the 26-year-old Grammy-nominated rapper (born Megan Pete) and Lee, 71, are focusing on repairing the homes of the “most vulnerable”, in partnership with the NACC Disaster Services.
Speaking to People magazine she said: “Seeing the devastation and hearing the heart-breaking stories that have surfaced, I knew I had to do something to help my hometown.”
She added: “I am so happy that Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, the NACC and I aligned on the goal of repairing the homes of the elderly and uninsured single moms who are the most vulnerable and often displaced by these kinds of devastating events”.
Stallion announced the fundraising initiative on Instagram last night, with a post that spoke about a “supergroup coalition” she was planning on forming with her power to push major media and fashion conglomerates to take part.
She’s already enlisted the help of donors to help with the fundraising efforts over the next two years, including fashion brands Mielle, Revlon, Fashion Nova, Dolce and Gabbana, a not-for-profit called The Coach Foundation, and her label 300 Entertainment.
Recent “Beautiful Mistakes” collaborators Maroon 5 have also pledged to help her cause, as well as the actress Taraji P. Henson.
In a Twitter post, Stallion wrote: “I want to say thank you to everyone who aligned with me to help rebuild my hometown of Houston Tx after the storm. Hotties if you want to contribute here is some #hottieshelpinghouston merch you can buy and all the proceeds go to NACC disaster services.”
One fan wrote: “we love you! thank you for using your platform to do this.”
Another said: “MEGAN WE LOVE YOU IN HOUSTON.”
Someone else commented: “I love how you are there for your city”.
“YOU ALWAYS OUT HERE HELPING PEOPLE !! LOVE U MEGAN YOURE SUCH A SWEET SOUL,” another fan wrote.
Stallion has created a line of Hotties Helping Houston merchandise – with all proceeds benefitting those most in need of financial support in the city right now.
The record-breaking cold weather saw 4.5 million homes and businesses left without electricity or drinkable water, and claimed at least 21 lives, including four family members who perished in a Houston-area house fire while using a fireplace to stay warm.
In a statement, Congresswoman Lee said: “Throughout my Congressional District and Houston, I saw the pain of people having destroyed homes. The historic and tragic disaster that was driven by the freeze and lack of preparation of the Texas electric grid caused lives to be lost and families to be displaced.
“The collective efforts of Megan Thee Stallion, the NACC and the 18th Congressional District will help restore the lives and hopes of people who suffered from no fault of their own. Our goal is to rebuild and restore these homes, which is imperative for my constituents to feel safe and secure. Thank you to Megan the Stallion and NACC, and I look forward to working with you on this very important project of restoration of people’s homes.”