Sircaliburx, also known as THE MEME GOD, is an up and coming rapper and influencer who is quickly building a strong social media following, specifically on Instagram. As he finds fame, the artist is not forgetting where he comes from, making an effort to consistently give back to his local community in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His donations and giveaways have helped many of the needy people in the area, especially the city’s homeless population. Helping to put clothes on their backs and food in their mouths, Sircaliburx hopes to always be helping and encouraging others to do the same.
In September of last year, Sircaliburx collected clothes to give away to the needy. In just one week a thousand articles of clothing were donated in total, which were then given out. “I have saying I believe in, wealth is of the heart and mind, not the pocket,” Sircaliburx says. “I feel wealthy when I’m giving out clothes, food, whatever the people say they need, I feel good when I’m helping.”
For Thanksgiving of last year, Sircaliburx saw a need for turkeys among some local Philadelphian. To fill that need, he gave away 100 turkeys so that families and people in need could have the signature dish at their dinner tables for the holiday. “Every artist wants to blow up and then go back to where they’re from and give back, I want to always be doing that. It’s like I’m here now already with a way to help out, so why not do it.”
In 2019, the City of Philadelphia Office of Homeless Services reported that the city has the lowest number of street homeless people per capita of any of the largest cities in the US. In total, about 5,700 Philadelphians are considered to be homeless across the city, which includes about 950 who are unsheltered. The city does a lot of things to try and combat the issue of homelessness, but Sircaliburx wants people to know that there’s still things that people need.
“The food I give out, it goes away so fast, same with the clothes,” he says. “These people need all that and more and I think people need to be more aware of the homeless people in their areas. I’ve been getting more aware of what it’s like and Philly and I feel like I’ve been able to help out a lot.”
The Opioid crisis has caused a lot of people to become homeless in Philadelphia in recent years. Homelessness in the downtown Center City area is also more visible now due to construction and fewer public spaces for people to live. These kinds of conditions apply not only to Philadelphia, but to many other metro areas across the country.
Pizza for Everyone
Even outside of Philadelphia, Sircaliburx gave away 100 Little Caesars pizzas to homeless people in Los Angeles’ Skid Row on May 15th of this year,during an event that he called SirCalibur Day. Those pizzas were given out quickly as word of mouth spread about what was being given away.
“That just showed me how much work I can do,” Sircaliburx says. “It’s not just Philadelphia, it’s not just LA, there’s work to get done everywhere.”
Sircaliburx plans on doing another clothes drive and thanksgiving turkey giveaway this year, while he figures out other ways he can assist those in need in Philadelphia. He hopes what he’s doing can inspire others to help out the needy in their own cities as well. “I’m just one person, but I’m not the only person that can do this for people,” he says. “You’ve just gotta have the right heart and right mind and you can make a change.”