After last year’s Video Music Awards, all anyone could talk about was Miley Cyrus. This year, it was much of the same, but the reason was wildly different. Only days after letting a homeless man accept her Moonman, Cyrus has helped raise some serious money for a homeless shelter in LA.
According to its website, the shelter, My Friend’s Place, offers “comprehensive services to nearly half of the homeless youth population in Los Angeles County.” Cyrus met Jesse Helt, her date to the VMAs, at the shelter and invited him to give a speech in her place when she won Video of the Year.
“I am accepting this award on behalf of the 1.6 million runaways and homeless youth in the United States who are starving, lost and scared for their lives right now,” Jesse had said at the VMAs. “I know this because I am one of these people.”
Helt directed people to the singer’s Facebook page, and she launched a Prizeo campaign shortly after. According to reports from The New York Times, the campaign had raised more than $200,000 by Monday afternoon. Cyrus’ page is still up, which means you can still contribute to the cause and enter for a chance to win a trip for two to Brazil for one of her shows.
As Cyrus mentions on her campaign page, there are “an estimated 4,000 homeless youth living in L.A. and more than 1 million youth living on the street.” Now is your chance to help the singer raise awareness and funds for those homeless youth!