Bay Area rapper and icon Philthy Rich brought his annual backpack and shoe giveaway to Mistah FAB’s DOPE ERA store in Downtown Oakland on Saturday.

Students of all ages submitted their good grades for a chance to see Philthy and get free Red Bottom Christian Louboutins and new backpacks for the upcoming school year.

Many students in Oakland struggle to afford back-to-school clothes and supplies, and every year this event makes a difference in their lives.

Recently, Oakland suffered a tremendous blow to their community with the stabbing death of Nia Wilson in a BART transit station by a white male, which some have labeled a hate crime.

Gestures like this from Philthy Rich aid in the healing of communities that are plagued by poverty and violence.