Michael Jackson's eldest son, Prince, has been ensuring that food is available to vulnerable people in Los Angeles.
The King of Pop Michael Jackson's oldest child, Prince, is following his father's footsteps in more than just a few ways. The Thriller singer was known as a philanthropic man and even holds a Guinness Book of World Record for his charity work. He was recognized as the Most Philanthropic Pop Star in 2000. During his life, he donated more than $300 million dollars to charity, including organizations like Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, the NAACP, UNICEF, and the Red Cross, among dozens of others.
"When you have seen the things I have seen and traveled all over the world, you would not be honest to yourself and the world to [look away],” Jackson said, according to HuffPost.
Prince has inherited not just his talent, but his large heart as well. The 23-year-old TV personality and actor is making sure that his iconic father's philanthropic legacy stays alive. He also hopes that his father would be "proud" of him by the steps he has taken during this global health crisis.
"I would like to think that [my dad would be] be very proud, because I think this was one of his main goals—not only to spread his message of positivity and happiness but to see it enacted in his kids," Prince shared with Entertainment Tonight. "As a father, I think that's what you want to do when you raise kids. You're preparing them for the world and the type of person they're going to be."
"I'm very grateful that I have this feeling that it's this collaborative ecosystem—we all need to help each other—and that came from the way that he raised us," he continued. "I was very fortunate to have him as a father. I had a lot of unique experiences growing up, and what I'm trying to do with my platform and the non-profit or the charity organization is to share those experiences."
Prince showed signs of being a charitable spirit on many occasions. A year after Jackson died, Prince attended the Grammy awards with his two siblings, Paris and Bigi, to receive Jackson's Lifetime Achievement Award. At the event, Prince had said, "We will continue to spread his message and help the world."
Prince, who is a "homebody" recently shared that he was taking "extra precaution" while he is involving himself to help his community in Los Angeles as much as he can. He has teamed up with Fresh N Lean, a meal delivery service, to hand out meals for people in need. Prince runs a charity called Heal Los Angeles.
"In this time with the quarantine and everything surrounding the... pandemic, there's a shortage of food. And when there's a shortage of food, there's a shortage of food being donated to local food banks, and when that's happening there's a lot of people who don't have access to food in general," he explained. "What's great about Fresh N Lean is that they're committed to serving their communities in the best way possible, and they provide organic, freshly-made meals that are pretty easy and ready to make," Prince added. "It was just a really good fit, and we're lucky to be able to collaborate together."
The young man also added that his family is doing well during this time and that he has been in touch with his sister and brother, none of whom are with him during this period of isolation. The eldest son of the Beat It singer is also supporting his grandmother, Katherine Jackson, from a distance since she's in the at-risk group.
On a different occasion, Prince revealed how he feels his father's "guidance" as he strives to realize his dreams. "My dad was always a strong believer in going for what you want and go follow your dreams and chase your dreams… So for us to be able to kind of sit there and hopefully make a career about talking about film and looking at film—my brother wants to be a director, I love producing… It’s just, it’s definitely, there’s some form of guidance there that kind of is ushering us into the next generation," he said, according to Metro UK.