The 8th Annual Bratz Doll Drive kicks off today (Dec. 14) sponsored by the Saving Our Daughters organization. Held in his hometown of Queens, NY, Nas partnered with SOD, giving away 200 Bratz Dolls to young girls as the “Daughters” MC recollected on the importance of giving back, specifically in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
"Not everyone is able to get their hands on the things they need this time of the year, and Sandy just knocked us down. But New York is strong. We get up fast, man, and we keep swinging. I want to help in any way, shape or form that I can," Nas said to MTV ACT.
Saving Our Daughters was created in memory of founder Curtis Benjamin’s daughter Iliss Benjamin, who passed away from cancer. The Bratz collections were her favorite dolls.
Reflecting on the relationship with his own daughter Destiny, Nas also explained why this organization was important to him. "When you have a daughter, you want to protect her from the things that I've seen out there. She made me want to stay around at a time in my life where it didn't matter. It made me care. I stayed safe and stayed around and alive."