*Media mogul Tyler Perry is making moves to heal his adopted city of Atlanta. To help do so, he purchased 1,000 Kroger’s supermarket gift cards — and turned them over to Atlanta police to hand out to the community
“This is about the community that I love, that I live and work in,” Perry said in a statement to the NY Post. “This about good people who are in need of a hand up, not a hand out.”
“This is about the good police officers who do their job well every day, some of which are my personal friends,” the statement said. “This is about trying to bridge unity in a city that adopted me and held me up high enough to reach my own branch on the tree of success.”
Photos posted on Twitter show officers throughout the Atlanta’s Zone 1 and Zone 3 police districts distributing the $50 gift cards and donating groceries at a local community center.
It’s been such a good day! ? We went from Zone 3 to Zone 1 to give out more of the $50 @kroger gift cards provided by @TylerPerry. Thanks to everyone who spent time speaking with us. #OneAtlanta pic.twitter.com/JgAyi1XcYe
— Atlanta Police Department (@Atlanta_Police) July 16, 2020
“500 food boxes were distributed to families in need this morning during the grocery giveaway event at the Dunbar Red Center,” the department said in another tweet. “@tylerperry donated 1,000 Kroger gift cards to give out to the community. Thanks to all of those stopped by & to our partner agencies.”
As has been reported, the city experienced anti-police protests following the May 25 death of George Floyd by Minneapolis police — and dealt with even more violence following the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks.
Brooks, 27, was shot twice in the back by Atlanta cops outside a local Wendy’s fast-food restaurant.
Perry said the gift card giveaway was a way to try to heal the community and is just the latest act of philanthropy by the media mogul.
Perry’s philanthropy was also on display because of Brooks’ shooting death He committed to not only paying for his funeral, he announced that he would also supply college tuition for all four of the slain man’s children when they come of age.