Thanksgiving was a week ago and Christmas is around the corner, and Empire star Jussie Smollett has decided to start the gift-giving early.
Smolett will be donating the money to the Black AIDS Institute, Flint KIDS, South Africa’s SKY Foundation, the Trayvon Martin Foundation, the Human Rights Campaign, Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp, the ACLU, and the Anthony Burrell Dance School, the entertainment news outlet wrote.
This is far from the first time Smollett has shown his charitable side. Earlier this year, he met up with Kayden Kinckle, a 6-year-old double leg amputee from New Jersey, after discovering him on social media.
Kayden’s mother had been loading his wheelchair in her small Nissan to drive her son to another school where he was forced to wait for a standard school bus to pick him. An aide would then carry him on and off the bus.
Smollett, 35, met with Kinckle and his family in New York City and surprised them with a handicap-accessible van. Smollett said the van would be “like a chariot for the Pharaoh.”
Earlier this summer, he also brought Kinckle to the NBA Finals and helped promote his mother’s book, Stepping Out on Faith: The Kayden Kinckle Story. A Mother’s Journey.
Jussie Smollett has proven to be Santa Claus all year long.