HOUSTON – Texas rap legend Bun B and Boost Mobile have teamed up to host a holiday food drive and charity concert benefiting Houston's hungry Saturday, December 18.
The rap artist is offering a free concert to those who donate canned food to the Houston Food Bank.
"Once again at this time of year, when so many are without the basic necessities of life, Boost Mobile and 2 Trill Entertainment are more than happy to recommit themselves to helping the Houston community," said Bun B.
Visitors who drop off five or more cans of food to Boost Mobile stores throughout the Houston area will receive a free pair of tickets to the concert held at Warehouse Live Saturday at 9 p.m.
"Boost Mobile believes in the positive power of music," said Maurice Elrod, local marketing manager, Boost Mobile. "Partnering with Bun B is a great way to encourage the Houston community to give back this holiday season. We are confident we will provide the Houston Food Bank a large contribution of canned goods."
Bun B said it is more than just a privilege for him to give back; those that have more should try and support those that are struggling.
"We created this event for the same reason we helped Haiti and did the Thanksgiving drive last year, it’s our duty as people of compassion to help those that need it," he said.
The Port Arthur native says that he understands taking care of the home front is the first line of defense and shows appreciation for his fans by staying involved.
"As an artist, it shows that the Houston music community isn’t blind to the issues affecting its local citizens, and that we are willing to lend a hand. It also shows the community that we are not just here to take from them and that we care about what happens around us locally," he said.
This is the second year Boost Mobile has partnered with Bun B for a holiday food drive. In 2009, the effort produced more than 7,000 cans of food to donate to the Houston Food Bank.
Bun B says he has something special in store for the crowd this year. In an interview with Houston radio station 97.9 the Box, the rapper revealed he is adding a song to his act that's never been performed live.
Bun B uses the art of entertainment often as a means of giving back. This summer, he headlined Houston’s Hip Hop for HIV charity concert for those who were responsible enough to get tested for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. More than 15,000 young adults attended the event.
For more information and a complete list of drop-off locations, visit warehouselive.com.