BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Grammy-nominated rapper Lil Baby partnered with a Birmingham city councilor for a coat giveaway. Other local donors joined the effort and gave away backpacks, socks and raffled off 15 bikes.

Monday, the “Drip Too Hard” rapper donated over 1,000 coats to Birmingham families in need.

Cars line up in a Pratt City neighborhood to pickup coats donated by rapper Lil Baby.

Using the $1.5 million he earned from his single “The Bigger Picture,” Lil Baby has been donating to organizations and communities in need.

After encouragement from Birmingham City Councilor John Hilliard, Lil Baby added Birmingham to his list of recipients.

Bikes raffled off as part of the event.
Birmingham City Councilor John R. Hilliard (City of Birmingham)

“I’m so excited that rapper Lil Baby has chosen to support Birmingham’s District 9 communities. With COVID-19’s critical impact on our communities, I find it honorable that someone with his influence would provide such an essential resource to our residents,” Hilliard, the District 9 city councilor, said. “He is setting an amazing example for our youth. I want to thank him for his willingness to come to Birmingham and spread kindness during these unprecedented times.”

The “Winter Warm Wishes Coat Giveaway” will take place at One Pratt Park, 601 Dugan Ave, Birmingham, AL 35214, on Dec. 28 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Coats will be available for children and adults. Families wishing to attend must pre-register here. All participants must comply with CDC guidelines, including social distancing and face coverings.

This giveaway is one of several Councilor Hilliard has spearheaded in 2020, including a turkey giveaway, a fresh food giveaway, and a mask giveaway. He is a lifelong resident of Pratt City who served in the Alabama State Legislature for 10 years. He’s been a representative on the State Democratic Executive Committee for over 20 years. Hilliard chairs the city’s Economic Development Committee and champions public safety, education, and economic development as his top priorities.