Insane Clown Posse (ICP) and Twiztid are not the names you would usually hear when charities are mentioned. They should be though; they care about the community as much as the next person. When their names are mentioned it’s usually hateful things being said. If people who disliked their music looked past the music, they would find kind-hearted, giving individuals. These two rap groups,Juggalos and other artistsgive back to the community. ICP is known to give to multiple charities such as Make-A-Wish Foundation, Toys for Tots, food drives and coat drives. Here are some of the charity events that they are known for. In the 2000’s during their Wicked Clowns from Outer Space tour, they held a food drive at every show. In 2010 there was the Sugar Slam Super live Toy Drive that helped children in need with warm clothes for the winter, and toys for Christmas. Sugar Slam continues to have toy drives every Christmas, with the donated items going to Toys for Tots. In 2013, 17 years old Cody’s wish was to go to the Gathering of the Juggalos. With the help of Make-A-Wish Foundation and ICP his wish came true. Cody, who was diagnosed with a very rare liver disease, spent an afternoon with ICP on their bus as well as getting all the CDs and DVDs he wanted from the Merch Booth.
In 2014 they did a benefit for Aaron Spencer. The proceeds of this benefit concert went to Aaron’s family. In 2015, they have been involved with several things. In February, they did a free concert. For two canned goods you got a ticket into the show. The exact number of donations is unknown, but there were a lot of cans collected that day. The food was donated to Gleason Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan. They sent a card with gifts to 8 year old Sa’fyre Terry, a burn victim, who lost her whole family to a house fire when she was 5. ICP is currently on the RassleRap Charity Tour with JCW, DJ Paul, Young Wicked and more. The profits from the tour will be donated to St. John’s Children’s Hospital.
Charitable events that Twiztid have done include the following; In 2002 they participated for free in the Jam for Jewell benefit. Twiztid had held silent auctions in the month of December is as early as 2003, with the proceeds going to varies charities. This year at the 2nd Annual Twiztmas party held at The Crofoot in Pontiac, Michigan they held a silent auction once again. The proceeds from the auction were donated to the Humane Society, Toys for Tots, and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Detroit. The tickets for the show were available at the venue for a donation of four canned goods or $1.00 online. The money from the tickets purchased online where donated to charity as well. It was a sold out show, and over 2,000 canned goods were collected for Gleaners Community Food Bank.
The subculture known as Juggalos, which are fans of ICP, are also reaching out to help the needy, and make a difference. Juggalos Making A Difference (J.M.A.D.) are based in Denver, Colorado who helps teenagers stay off the streets by connecting them with the resources needed. They are a non-profit organization that also helps the needy and homeless with items like food, clothing, blankets and toys. There is a group of teenagers in Florida who clean a piece of road of trash annually, since 2008. It’s the Annual Dead Stephanie Memorial Cleanup in Honor of Stephanie Harris. She passed away in 2008 of juvenile diabetes. In the past year or two Juggalo came together to raise money for Autism Awareness by selling shirts with the proceeds going to Autism Speaks.
If you are kind to others, and volunteer your time or give to charities, much respect to you. Keep doing what you’re doing. Remember, even the the smallest thing – like a smile or a kind word – can make a difference in someone’s life. Let’s not wait till the Holiday season to spread cheer. Show kindness all year long, and we can make a difference.