Sircaliburx is Giving Back to Philadelphia
Sircaliburx, better known as THE MEME GOD, is a rising rapper and influencer with a sizable social media following. As he rises to prominence, the musician does not lose sight of his roots, making a concerted effort to give back to his hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His gifts and freebies have aided many in need in the region, particularly the city’s homeless population. Sircaliburx wishes to always be able to help and encourage others to do the same by putting clothing on their backs and food in their mouths.
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.”
Pizza for Everyone
On May 15th of this year, Sircaliburx gave away 100 Little Caesars pizzas to homeless people, 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.
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.
“I know it’s not just here, this is an American problem as a whole,” Sircaliburx says. “I want people to see what I’m doing and help me out or do it themselves. It’s not hard and it doesn’t take a lot, but it goes a long way.”
Sircaliburx intends to do another clothing drive and Thanksgiving turkey giveaway this year, while he considers additional methods to help those in need in Philadelphia. He believes that what he is doing will encourage others to help those in need in their own cities. “I’m doing all this with just me, I’ve got help, but I just decided to start doing this,” he says. “That’s all it takes. You’ve just gotta have that mindset that you want to help people and I think you’ll find a way.”