Trae The Truth and his nonprofit, Relief Gang, have been working to address harsh conditions in marginalized communities across the country for several years. Most recently, the Houston native and his team at Relief Gang headed out to Jackson, Mississippi as the city maneuvers through an ongoing water crisis. While there, Trae The Truth was spotted delivering water filters and clean water to those in search of it. Afterward, the Houston rapper shared a video of his work along with residents discussing just how bad the situation has become in the southern city.
“We have [and] we will take care of the people always! Jackson called on us [and] we sent a team to help,” Relief Gang wrote.
“It is our mission to serve and we do it by any means necessary, no matter what is going on!”
Meanwhile, Jaden Smith has become involved with the ongoing Jackson, Mississippi water crisis by way of the Ann Arbor, Michigan nonprofit. On Tuesday, Jackson City Council reached an agreement to house “Water Box” purification systems at two of the town’s fire stations. 501C3THREE will provide the systems at no cost and cover all setup costs.
“I got a call from some people who had done this type of work in Flint. I thought it would be a good thing to try, to get more people drinking water without having [to use] bottled water,” Jackson, Mississippi Fire Chief Willie Owens told NBC affiliate, WLBT, in Mississippi.
The “Water Box” technology supplied to the Jackson, Mississippi Fire Department was developed by Jaden Smith and Drew Fitzgerald. The group says it was able to provide more than 100,000 gallons to underserved communities in 2021 and strives to find “a solution that would provide water without using all the plastic.”