Cardi B offers to cover funeral costs for victims of NYC apartment fire
New York, New York – Rapper Cardi B is giving back to the community she grew up in by offering to pay the funeral expenses for those whose lives were lost in the Bronx apartment building fire on January 9.
On Wednesday, New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced that Cardi B was partnering with the NYC Mayor's Fund to provide some financial relief for victims of the Bronx fire, which killed 19 people, including nine children.
According to a statement released by the Office of the Mayor, many of those who lost their lives in the fire had ties to the Gambia in West Africa, adding that the rapper fully committed to fund burial costs, including repatriation expenses for those buried in the region.
"I’m extremely proud to be from the Bronx and I have lots of family and friends who live and work there still. So, when I heard about the fire and all of the victims, I knew I needed to do something to help," Cardi B said in the statement.
She continued, "I cannot begin to imagine the pain and anguish that the families of the victims are experiencing, but I hope that not having to worry about the costs associated with burying their loved ones will help as they move forward and heal."
The 29-year-old rapper will help pay for funeral costs through the Bronx Fire Relief Fund, which has received thousands of grassroots donations in response to the fire aside from Cardi B's latest contributions, according to the release.
Mayor Adams also thanked the music artist for her giving nature, saying, "We are grateful for Cardi B, a real superstar on and off the mic, for granting some critical financial relief to families of the victims."
The Bronx apartment fire, which was New York City's deadliest fire in over three decades, was caused by a faulty portable electrical heater.
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