8 Times Kid Rock Was Sweeter Than You Thought

Kid Rock, otherwise known as Robert James Ritchie, is 44 years old today. The self-proclaimed King of White Trash has been the source of a few social blunders over the years — the most recent one being his post for The Guardian, but despite these, the musician has done some pretty sweet things in his time. Don’t believe us? Here’s proof.

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He established the Kid Rock Foundation

Kid Rock brought the Kid Rock Foundation to life in 2008. Based in Michigan, the charity organization was founded upon the following philosophy:

I can’t stop the war, shelter homeless, feed the poor. I can’t walk on water. Can’t save your songs and daughters. I can’t change the world to make things fair. This is the least that I can do.

The 501 (c) 3 non profit focuses on helping “disadvantaged children, victims of war and natural disasters, and those suffering from illness.”

He helped the Detroit Symphony Orchestra raise $1 million

Kid Rock played a two-hour concert with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in May of 2012. The concert was a benefit to raise money for the orchestra, which was suffering economically as well as from a musician’s strike a couple of years prior. The pairing — Kid Rock and the DSO — was unlikely, but successful. They raised a million bucks that night.

He dedicated his mother’s favorite song of his to her for Mother’s Day

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