Vic Mensa and his SaveMoneySafeLife Foundation gave away thousands of free shoes in the Chicago neighborhood of Englewood.
The event was held in response to local authorities planting a “bait truck” loaded with sneakers in the neighborhood earlier this month to catch people in the act of stealing.
“Last week Chicago Police escorted a ‘bait-truck’ full of shoes through the South Side of Chicago to lure poor people with FREE NIKES,” Mensa tweeted out after the news went viral. “So we’re filling a truck with shoes to give away to those who need it.” The SaveMoneySaveLife Foundations aimed to giveaway 5,000 pairs, and it looks as if their goal was fulfilled as people came out in droves to support their cause.
TELL EVERYBODY THE #ANTIBAITTRUCK MOVEMENT IS IN EFFECT TOMORROW ON 2050 W 59TH ST WE HAVE THOUSANDS OF FREE SHOES TO GIVE AWAY FROM VANS TO JORDANS TO FILAS TO YEEZYS AND AN ABUNDANCE OF LOVE. BRING YOUR MOMMA AND SISTER AND YO LIL COUSINS N THEM!!! 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤 pic.twitter.com/N5KI5w3KzW
— vino valentino (@VicMensa) August 25, 2018
During Mensa’s “Anti-Bait Truck” event, shoes from brands such as Puma, Adidas, Nike and Converse were given away from trucks, with a portion of the donations coming from “multiple athletes and musicians who asked to remain anonymous,” according to WGN9. Check out photos from the event below.
Yes!!! What the Chicago Police meant for evil we turned around for good!
Thank SOOOOO many of you who made this possible. Yesterday thousands of students got brand new shoes because of you! pic.twitter.com/MfKyLFz6iy
— Shaun King (@shaunking) August 27, 2018