The Bronx native is working with the New York City Mayor’s Fund to launch the fundraiser. He’s also garnered contributions from Jay-Z and DJ Khaled, and is tapping other celebrities in his music, sports, entertainment, and business network to provide further aid for the victims of the fire.
Those who want to donate can do so here.
According to a statement, “100 percent of all donations will help families and enable the distribution of emergency supplies for those in need.”
“I need all my people world wide to come together for the families devastated by the fire in the Bronx,” Fat Joe wrote on Instagram. “I’m donating and I’m asking everyone that has a Heart to donate. these people are mostly immigrants that have no where to go they lost everything. it’s 10 degrees in the Bronx today!”
The fire engulfed the Twin Parks North West apartments on Sunday, which was caused by an electric space heater that malfunctioned in a bedroom. The blaze also left 32 people hospitalized; 63 people in total were injured.
“The heat was on in the building. This (the space heater) was being used to supplement the building heat,” Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said. “There were smoke alarms throughout the building. The first call that came in was due to a neighbor hearing the smoke alarm and looking and seeing the smoke and calling.”
The Gambian Youth Organization has also launched a GoFundMe fundraiser to assist the victims, which can be found here.