Chance the Rapper to bring coats to Chicago’s homeless population ahead of winter cold.

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Chicago winters are awful.

And I say that as someone who has spent all 29 years of her life living in and around my dear Chicago city by the lake. Winters here aren’t just “brrr, I’m feeling a little chilly,” they’re full on having to worry about losing a few digits if you leave your fingers exposed to the cold winter air for more than a few minutes.

We want to bring 1,000 @empowermentplan coats to Chicago. Help us do something great: https://t.co/pgLTSXr7kR #warmestwinter Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) December 16, 2015

His goal is to raise $100,000 enough money to manufacture 1,000 EMPWR coats from The Empowerment Plan, a Detroit nonprofit.

The coats are self-heating jackets made from upcycled auto insulation, Carhartt fabric, and donor-provided materials. They can be turned into a sleeping bag and transform into an over-the-shoulder bag for carrying items.

Here’s a bit from the EMPWR website (emphasis added):

“The Empowerment Plan can produce 1,000 coats on a budget of $100,000. Our studies show that for each 1,000 coats distributed, we can save 14 lives and reduce healthcare costs by $58,800 annually. Also, each recipient of an EMPWR Coat will make at least one less emergency room visit per year due to hypothermia. Assuming an average cost of $4,200 per visit, we estimate reduced healthcare costs of $58,800 for every 1,000 coats we distribute. Each year approximately 7% of homeless individuals die from hypothermia. Our coat reduces this statistic by over 20%.

Pretty cool, right?

It’s not the first and almost certainly won’t be the last time Chance will do something great for people in need.

Earlier this year, he helped find jobs for 500 people on Chicago’s south side. And just months before that, he surprised a group of kids with a trip to the Field Museum.

Put your guns down Chicago. #may23rd things are about to change. Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) May 16, 2014

Now, of course, that’s not to say Chance is without his flaws or controversies. Some have argued that lyrics on some of his older songs are misogynistic and homophobic.

That said, the work he’s doing off the mic is saving and enriching the lives of others, and that’s worth a whole lot.

So, if you’re looking for a cause to donate to one that will literally save lives consider Chance’s Warmest Winter.

There’ll be a lot of chilly Chicagoans ready to thank you.

Read more: www.upworthy.com

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