Megan Thee Stallion‘s contributions to her hometown of Houston, Texas have not gone unnoticed. On Sunday (Dec. 12), the Good News star was presented with the 18th Congressional District of Texas Hero Award. The distinction was given to her by Congressman Sheila Jackson, who noted that the distribution of the honor was scarce.
“This award has not been given out often, or … to many,” Lee said during the ceremony. “When this award is given, it has that special promise and special history. … The Hero Award is wrapped up in humanitarianism. It means that you have exhibited humanity, and you have helped without asking.”
Throughout the course of her career, Meg has sporadically donated to the Houston community in various ways. Amid the pandemic, she teamed up with Amazon to give away medical supplies to a nursing facility in the city. She’s donated $10,000 to a bail fund for protesters and helped to rebuild the city after the freezing winter storm in March. Most recently, after announcing her Hottie sauce, Megan revealed that she and Popeyes were donating six figures to Houston Random Acts of Kindness, which aims to help children with special needs, veterans and others in need.
Amid her acceptance speech, the “Body” rapper credited her grandmother for her charitable spirit. “My grandma always taught me to be kind and giving. I learned that from her,” she said. “I was raised by very giving women. So I want to dedicate this award to my grandma because she taught me to be the woman I am today.”
“Helping others has always been in my heart,” she added. “I do appreciate the recognition and the accolades, but I definitely take much greater pride in knowing that I used my voice and resources to put smiles on people’s faces and make a meaningful difference in Houston.”
Meg’s reception of the Hero Award comes on the heels of her graduation from Texas Southern Unversity — an accomplishment she reached with the help of her loved ones. “Still not over the fact that I can finally say I’m a college graduate,” the Houston lyricist wrote on Monday (Dec. 13). “A HBCU COLLEGE GRADUATE. Thank you to my friends and family for supporting me this whole time bc without y’all I would have lost my mind.”
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