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Hip-hop artist Cardi B handed out free winter coats to residents in Brooklyn, New York, as cooler temperatures hit New York. The Bronx native told New York’s WABC-TV on Thursday that she was excited when she learned about the opportunity from a friend to help give out free coats at a public housing community in Gravesend, Brooklyn.

Crowds of fans gathered outside nearby to see the “Invasion of Privacy” rapper during the coat giveaway. Local wholesaler Daniels Leather donated the coats, while NY Tent Sale and TraxNYC provided shoe donations and additional sponsorship, according to Footwork Entertainment, an organizer of the event. Cardi B posted her own video from the coat giveaway. “I can’t wait to [do] this in my borough next BX,” she said in the caption.

“It’s important because you have to set an example for our kids,” she told a reporter for ABC7 News. The winter coat giveaway is particularly timely as the National Weather Service of New York issued warnings about freezing temperatures and frost advisories for the state. Cardi B was also given a symbolic key to the Brooklyn housing community in addition to a birthday cake in celebration of her recent birthday. “It’s nice; it’s very nice that she’s doing this for the people, really,” a woman told WABC-TV. “Because us people over here we need a lot of help.” Added a young girl, “She cares about the community.”