R+B beauty Beyonce Knowles and her rapper boyfriend Jay-Z have been giving something back to the community, handing out gifts to hard-up kids.

The couple gave away out $20,000 (GBP12,500) worth of gift certificates to kids in the poorest areas of New York.

And, according to American tabloid GLOBE, Jay-Z was stopped by one grateful mum who explained the gift would help bring smiles while her family went through the eviction process - and he kindly promised to find her a job.

The star, who announced he will be retiring from hip-hop following his next album, then met with the woman's landlord and wrote out a cheque to cover the family's rent.

03/10/2003 09:19