Hip-hop pioneer Krs-One is returning to the New York shelter where he stayed as a homeless teen to help feed the needy this Thanksgiving (Thurs26Nov09).
The MC and record producer, real name Lawrence Parker, found himself on the streets in his youth and regularly used the Big Apple's Bowery Mission to get food and shelter.
And he is intent on giving back to the facility that helped him through the tough times - by handing out a Thanksgiving meal to a new generation of homeless people on the holiday.
He says, "I am participating in The Bowery Mission's Thanksgiving food drive and event because I myself was once homeless, walking these very streets, and spending time with these wonderful people at The Bowery Mission. I depended on them to survive."
And he hopes his philanthropy will persuade his fellow hip-hop contemporaries to lend a hand to charitable causes.
Parker adds, "I am showing up for Thanksgiving this year to not only lend a hand, but hope that I am may inspire others in the hip-hop community to consider their role towards helping the homeless, and join me by helping those in your community that need help during this holiday season."