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T.I. donates expensive, one-of-a-kind sneakers to help Houston residents

He said he wore the shoes when he recorded the song “Ye vs. The People”

T.I. is lending a helping hand to Houston residents by donating a pricey pair of sneakers to raise money for victims of Hurricane Harvey. 

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The artist joins other celebrities, including Chris Paul, James Harden, Bun B, Nicky Diamonds and DJ Khaled, who have given shoes for a sweepstakes hosted by Angel By Nature, a nonprofit founded by Houston rapper Trae tha Truth. The group aims to “push relief efforts for those unfortunately affected by the tragic aftermath of Hurricane Harvey,” according to its website.

For its latest effort, the organization has partnered with the sneaker auction website Stockx. To enter, contestants must donate $10, which buys one chance to win a pair of exclusive shoes. Proceeds will benefit Angel By Nature.

T.I. has handed over Balenciagas with the neon laces and took to Instagram to share how much the footwear meant to him. 

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In the video, he said, “Okay, so I’m very apprehensive about this, and I don’t know why I’m doing it, but Trae tha Truth talked me into donating my shoes to the auction...These shoes are important to me, because I had these shoes on when I recorded “Ye vs. The People,” so if you go back and check the video, you look, you can’t miss them.”

So far, more than $25,000 has been raised, and the sweepstakes ends on Thursday, July 26. Want to learn more? Get more details here

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Najja Parker is a writer and online content producer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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