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NLE Choppa adds a chapter to his give-back story

Memphis rap star NLE Choppa said he wanted to share blessings with those who came out for his second annual toy giveaway.

Meeting NLE Choppa was a gift itself for those who also walked away with presents. (Photo: Gary S. Whitlow/GSW Enterprises/The Tri-State Defender)

“I wanna be able to keep helping people who are less fortunate,” said Choppa, aka Bryson LaShun Potts, as he addressed the children-ladened crowd at McFarland Community Center at 4955 Cottonwood Road on Monday (December 18.)

“I feel like everyone has someone they can help out. So, I just want to be a positive person. The same way I can help y’all is the same way that someone out there y’all can help,” Choppa said.

“I’m just glad that we are all together and that we can all come together and have fun together in Memphis, Tennessee.”

Mayor-elect Paul Young addresses the crowd and NLE Choppa’s second annual toy giveaway. (Photo: Gary S. Whitlow/GSW Enterprises/The Tri-State Defender)

Mayor-elect Paul Young was on hand to support the giveaway event.

“It’s the Christmas season. This is bringing light to our community and happy times for our young people,” said Young.

“Certainly we hear about crime in our community but often we don’t get an opportunity to highlight the good that is happening,” Young said. “Most of the people in our community are doing great things. This is a great opportunity to highlight that.”

NLE Choppa’s second annual toy giveaway was a smile-generating affair. (Photo: Gary S. Whitlow/GSW Enterprises/The Tri-State Defender)

Young noted the “excited energy and the smiles on the kids’ faces.”

“These are the types of feel-good moments that I think our city needs and we want to replicate it all over the community.”

Everyone has something to give, “even if it’s just a smile,” Young said.

“In this time of heaviness in our city and in our world it’s great to have opportunities like this to give something that is joyous to our neighbors.”

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