Kanye West dubbed modern-day Santa Claus

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Kanye West has helped families in need credit:Bang Showbiz
Kanye West has helped families in need credit:Bang Showbiz

Kanye West has been dubbed a "modern-day Santa Claus" after donating almost 4,000 toys to children in need.

The 44-year-old rapper - who has children North, eight, Saint, five, Chicago, three, and Psalm, two, with estranged wife Kim Kardashian West - paid for almost all of the gifts being handed out at a toy drive in his native Chicago on Sunday (19.12.21), much to the delight of organisers.

Chicago Alderman Stephanie Coleman told ABC7: “I’m so proud that Kanye is, once again, responding to our request to help the children of Englewood and beyond.

“He is no stranger to our community. His presence has always been felt in our neighbourhoods and he loves visiting, but this Christmas he has truly been our modern-day Santa Claus.”

During the event at the Kennedy King College in the South Side of Chicago, each family was also treated to food, games and prizes.

The 'Stronger' hitmaker's generous gesture came shortly after he claimed he will be "homeless in a year" after turning all of his properties "into churches".

He said: "We are under capitalist rule, and it’s killing us. It’s time to change that. I’m going to be homeless in a year. I’m going to turn all the homes I own into churches. We’re making this orphanage, and it will be a place where anyone can go."

Kanye subsequently explained that he's in the process of building the orphanage, and that basic necessities should "always be available".

He added: "We’re making this orphanage, and it will be a place where anyone can go. It should be like an artist commune. Food should always be available."

The latest philanthropic efforts of the rapper - who recently changed his legal name to Ye - come just weeks after he donated 1,000 meals to the homeless charity Los Angeles Mission.

The charity's long-term ambition is to "break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, by stabilising people in a safe and spiritual environment, connecting them to solutions and walking with them on their journey".

The 'All Day' rapper reportedly outlined a plan with the charity just ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday to combat hunger.

At the time, a source claimed that the rapper wants to "save the world".

The insider shared: "Kanye had never been there and wanted to see everything going on. He talked about saving the world and how he had all these ideas to work with LA Mission."

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