Singer Ne-yo and his family hosted the 6th annual Compound Foundation Giving Tour at the Boys and Girls Club in Atlanta yesterday. Toys, clothing, electronics and bicycles were provided to five hundred local children ages 3-18 at the event.
“We do it every year. We do four to five cities in four to five days. We always do Vegas because it’s where I grew up. We’re doing Vegas, LA, Atlanta and Newark, NJ. We team up with Boys & Girls Clubs, Coca-Cola, Toys for Tots, and a few other people who can talk the talk as well as walk the walk,” the singer tells MTV. “We go to Boys & Girls Clubs in cities and we make Christmas for kids who might not get one otherwise. We give out clothes and toys and bikes and make a day of it. We do it every year and it’s roughly 500 kids per city. It’s a good thing.
“I feel that circumstance — where and how you grow up — should have nothing to do with where you go in life,” Ne-Yo adds. “As a foster kid, as a group home kid, you’re kind of counted out before you get the opportunity to prove your worth. I don’t feel like that’s right.”
Guests at the event included Mayor Kasim Reed, Angela Simmons, and Neyo’s mother, his girlfriend Monyetta Shaw, and his kids Madilyn and Mason.
For more information on Ne-Yo’s charity work, visit The Compound Foundation here.