Over the weekend on September 19, local recording artist and community activist Justified Smith and his organization Fathers in Hip Hop brought a big blessing to the High Desert with their ‘BLESSED IN THE MESS RELIEF EFFORT CAMPAIGN’, by going to the Walmart Super Center/Victorville on 395 and Palmdale Rd. to bless the mess.
Earlier in the week, Justified and his team of supporters and contributors raised $2,000 and all of it went towards the purchase of Walmart gift cards in the amounts of $50 and $100.
After the purchase of the gift cards, Justified along with his rap comrade Big2daboy and their teams walked through the store in search of fathers and families to bless randomly with the gift cards to go towards their purchases. Adelanto city council candidates Daniel Ramos and Roy Isaiah joined Fathers In Hip Hop on this day and helped with the distribution of the funds.
Adelanto Mayor Gabriel Reyes and City Commissioner Daniel Ramos also joined in on the giving by making a donation of $500 to the campaign on behalf of the City Of Adelanto. They believe in what Justified and Fathers in Hip Hop are trying to accomplish with the fathers in their city.
Justified believes that if you bless the fathers, the families will be blessed as well. Giving these gift cards to the fathers is their way of acknowledging and honoring ACTIVE FATHERS and saluting them for accepting the call of duty and being present in their children’s lives. He also believes that spending time is just as important as spending money when it comes to being a father.
$1,200 in gift cards were distributed to fathers and their families inside of the Walmart that Saturday. The following day Sunday, September 20, Justified, Daniel Ramos, and Mayor Gabriel Reyes took the remaining $800 in gift cards to the streets on the north end of Adelanto, and visited an apartment complex where they sought out and found more fathers to bless with the gift cards.
The fathers that were fortunate enough to receive this unexpected blessing were overwhelmed with gratefulness and really appreciated the gift cards. While out distributing the cards they came across a team of first responders and decided to bless the Adelanto Fire Department with a Gift Card in the amount of $50 to honor of the fathers on their team, and advised them to take the blessing and use it for their Fire House.
Justified and Fathers In Hip Hop are determined and committed to be a blessing to the fathers and families of the high desert. All the money was raised by donations from local businesses and supporters who believe in the mission of Fathers In Hip Hop and what they’re doing with their Blessed In The Mess Relief Effort.
If you want to participate in the giving, you can do so by making a donation to their cash app $fathersinhiphop. You can also connect with the Fathers in Hip Hop via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow them on Instagram @fathersinhiphop.