The rapper was among several stars who gave back to their communities on Wednesday

By Joelle Goldstein
November 22, 2018 12:53 AM
Credit: Nicki Minaj/Instagram

‘Tis the season of giving for Nicki Minaj!

The rapper, 35, returned to her old neighborhood in Queens on Wednesday to hand out turkeys ahead of Thanksgiving Day. Staying warm in the frigid New York weather, Minaj looked cozy in her black track pants, matching hoodie, and metallic coat.

Her fans, who lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the rapper, went crazy when she finally arrived with her mom Carol by her side. In videos captured by a fan account, Minaj greeted the crowd and took several photos with fans before heading behind the table to hand out the Thanksgiving meals.

After giving out more than 500 turkeys to the South Jamaica residents, Minaj made sure to stop and take a photo with the New York City Police Department’s Commanding Officer Jerry O’Sullivan, who shared the shot on Twitter.

“I think the Commanding Officer was negotiating to become Nicki minaj‘s new manager,” the NYPD 113th Precinct tweeted. “Im pulling for you Inspector. #nikiminajturkeygiveaway”

The rapper later shared a post to Instagram about the day and thanked her hometown for attending the charitable event.

“Mommy & I had a great time with y’all today. (Yea, that’s her with the hoodie on😍)” she wrote alongside the photo with her mom. “Love all of you for coming out. @seanbellrecords & @bone_mbz + everyone who helped make this happen today, thank you so much. QUEENS #QGTM LOVE YOU 4 LIFE”

Minaj was not the only star to spend some time giving back ahead of the holiday.

Rapper T.I. also returned to his hometown of Atlanta with his daughter Heiress Diana Harris to hand out turkeys and fresh vegetables to the community. He later shared a video of the day to his Instagram.

“We been there… filling the gap in our community,” the rapper, 38, said. “Doing our part for the people 13 years straight. And it’s been an absolute pleasure. Always honored to do what we can for the community that was there for me first.”

T.I. and his daughter Heiress Diana Harris at the turkey giveaway in Atlanta
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Joining the rappers in giving back to their communities was Nick Cannon and David Burtka, who also posted about their experiences on social media.

Burtka, who is married to Neil Patrick Harris, attended an event Wednesday in Harlem for Food Bank for New York City’s community kitchen. Joining him were his two kids, Harper Grace and Gideon Scott. The actor, 43, shared a photo of the trio smiling in their aprons and hats to Instagram.

“I think it is so important to teach kids to give back and help others, especially during the holiday season,” he captioned the sweet shot. “@foodbank4nyc @feedingamerica #helpout #giveback #makeadifference”

Cannon also headed to Harlem with his twins Moroccan and Monroe on Wednesday. The actor, 38, is no stranger to giving back: he’s been a member of Feeding America’s Entertainment Council for more than a decade.

During his trip on Wednesday, Cannon and his kids helped elderly community members shop the pantry for their Thanksgiving necessities and served meals to the needy. He later shared photos from the day to his Instagram account.

“Giving back and volunteering Family Style!” he captioned a selfie with his two kids.

Meanwhile, on the West Coast, Vanderpump RulesLala Kent turned up in Palm Springs with her fiancé Randall Emmett to hand out Thanksgiving meals together.

The reality star, 28, shared a photo to Instagram on Wednesday of the couple standing by the trunk of a car holding turkeys in their hand and wrote a sentimental message about the importance of giving back.

“Sometimes I get too caught up in my own world, forgetting what real life is,” she began the lengthy post. “It’s moment like this that free my soul. Forgetting about what I want or need & putting focus and love into anyone who isn’t me.”

“50 turkeys and 100 and something cans of Thanksgiving goodness, later, we helped feed the homeless in some small way,” she continued. “The homeless shelter in Palm Springs is projected to feed 6,000 people for Thanksgiving.”

“Thank you to everyone who is giving back,” Kent finished. “Y’all mean something in this world. Let’s remember to forget about ourselves this season. God bless you and yours♥️”