Rihanna may be juggling her time as a mom of two, but she carved out enough to make sure to donate clothing and supplies to disabled and homeless veterans in Los Angeles.
The 25-year-old “Umbrella” singer, who gave birth to her second boy with rapper A$AP Rocky in August, personally reached out to Always For The People Foundation founder Sennett Devermont to coordinate her donation, according to Page Six.
Always For The People Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to helping homeless veterans.
Los Angeles has more homeless veterans than any city in the country, according to a 2022 federal report, The Los Angeles Times reported. There are nearly 4,000 male and female veterans in the city’s homeless shelters and on the streets.
Homelessness Has Been a Problem
Nationwide, homelessness is a problem for many veterans.
According to the government agency, Veterans Affairs, the total number of Veterans who experienced homelessness was 33,129 in January 2022. While the VA noted there was a nationwide decrease from 2020, the numbers are so high in L.A., Steven Braverman, director of the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, calls the city the “center of the homeless veterans universe,” Stars and Stripes reported.
Rihanna donated what the organization called a “huge order” of clothing and supplies that included hundreds of hygiene kits, socks, clothing items, sleeping bags, food supplies, over 50 pairs of shoes, toilet paper, and also dog food.
Rihanna, who is also a successful business woman with a net worth of $1.4 billion, has worked to help veterans in L.A. in the past.
While pregnant with her fist son RZA in 2022, through Always For The People Foundation, the billionaire visited veterans at the VA Medical Center in West Los Angeles. This medical center is on a site that was previously known as “Veterans Row,” a large homeless encampment.
At the time, Rihanna made the visit without media notification and arrived dressed casually in sweats. She reportedly spent hours interacting with the veterans, and she also delivered a van filled with essential supplies, including sleeping bags, blankets, thermals, flashlights, water, bike locks and mini safes, among other things. She even helped unload the van even though she was pregnant.