Travis Scott is helping to spread holiday cheer in his hometown of Houston, Texas, where a crowd surge at his Astroworld Festival in November resulted in the deaths of ten concertgoers.
According to TMZ on Thursday, the 30-year-old rapper and his Cactus Jack Foundation are distributing more than 2,000 kids in Houston from struggling families.’
Before Christmas, the donated items will be delivered to six Houston Housing Authority complexes located throughout the city.
Photos from one of the distribution centers show families queuing to get dolls, golf sets, toy pianos, scooters, and other toys for their children.
Travis’ Cactus Jack Foundation is a non-profit organization that was founded in 2020 with the mission of ’empowering and enriching the lives of youth by providing access to education and creative resources to ensure long-term success.’
The rapper has a three-year-old daughter named Stormi and another on the way with on/off girlfriend Kylie Jenner, 24.
The generous act comes nearly two months after the tragic Astroworld Festival on November 5, in which ten people were killed, the youngest of whom was nine-year-old Ezra Blount when a crowd of 50,000 rushed the stage during Travis Scott’s performance.
The victims’ ages ranged from 14 to 27. At the festival, 300 people were injured and treated, and 25 were taken to hospitals. Officials announced last week that the victims of the concert died of compression asphyxia.
According to a medical expert, the pressure from the crowd surge at the event was so intense that it quickly squeezed all the air from the victims’ lungs, causing them to pass out within a minute or so and die because critical organs such as the heart and brain were depleted of oxygen.
During an interview with podcaster Charlemagne Tha God on December 9, Scott broke his more than month-long silence on the tragedy.
The rapper claimed that he was unaware of or responsible for the mad rush of the crowd during the interview. He blamed his ‘in-ear’ person for not urging him to end the show.