Meek Mill and his REFORM Alliance team gifted kids affected by criminal justice system with gifts and VIP experience
Rapper Meek Mill and his REFORM Alliance team played Santa when they teamed up to give 50 kids whose lives have been affected in some way by the criminal justice system, a VIP Christmas experience.
Mill, along with REFORM Alliance co-founders Michael Rubin, Clara Wu Tsai and Robert Kraft, along with DJ Khaled and Brooklyn Nets player Caris LeVert, banded together to host a shopping spree for the children from Philadelphia, New York (Brooklyn and Harlem) and New Jersey, at the NBA Store in Manhattan.
A warm welcome from @MeekMill to dozens of children being treated to the shopping spree in time for Christmas. All of the kids invited have a parent impacted by the justice system and incarceration. @6abc @REFORM @MichaelGRubin pic.twitter.com/GkTELhnByZ
— Sharrie Williams (@WilliamsSharrie) December 21, 2019
The kids were chosen because of their adverse life circumstances which includes some who have an incarcerated parent for technical probation violations, like Mill endured, or who may have a parent who was locked up or had their probation extended due to a technical probation violation, according to a press release.
“I respect them! Anybody can do it but they doing it… these kids are from my hood and just got a experience of a lifetime that they will never forget!!!” Mill wrote on Twitter.
I respect them! Anybody can do it but they doing it… these kids are from my hood and just got a experience of a lifetime that they will never forget!!! https://t.co/2ZCfCxexvd
— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) December 22, 2019
The participants played games at the NBA store and we able to buy sports apparel. The whirlwind experience didn’t stop there. Next the group boarded Rubin’s private plane and were flown to New England to attend the New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills AFC East division title game on Saturday afternoon.
They also rubbed elbows with Patriots owner Robert Kraft and quarterback Tom Brady on the field at Gillette Stadium.
The alliance formed after Mill was handed a controversial two-to-four-year prison sentence for technical probation violations and went to prison. Rubin and Mill joined forced earlier this year and introduced plans for a bipartisan bill proposal to address issues with technical probation violations. They also endeavored to revise some of the unforgiving penalties that people in Pennsylvania are sometimes dealt while on probation.
Kia Morgan Smith, Founder of Keekeeing with Kia.
In no particular order, I’m a writer, a mom, wife, cupcake slayer, an outspoken activist and cultural critic. I’m a Philly girl who has made Georgia my home, but I’m no Georgia peach. I’ve got a flair for being funny, witty and a deep desire to one day DJ a party for the people. I love hip-hop and can’t nobody make me feel differently about it.