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Madonna's charitable Thanksgiving

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Madonna's charitable Thanksgiving

Madonna spent Thanksgiving (24.11.16) at a homeless shelter for LGBT youth.

The 58-year-old singer took to Instagram to reveal that she had spent the US holiday supporting the charity in New York, which helps young people who have been rejected by their families because of their sexual or gender identity.

She wrote: "Had so much fun sharing Thanksgiving at the Ali Forney Center in Brooklyn! This center protects LGBT Youth from the harms of homelessness and empowers them to reclaim their lives. Each year the Ali Forney Center provides care for over 1,200 youth who are rejected by their family due to their LGBT identity. AFC provides these youth with tools they need to become independent and more importantly, AFC provides these youth with the love and support they are denied by their families. Because everyone deserves to be loved and everyone deserves a home (sic)."

Meanwhile, earlier this week, Madonna released a statement in the wake of her son Rocco Ritchie's arrest for possession of marijuana.

The 16-year-old son of Madonna and Guy Ritchie was arrested after he was allegedly caught with the drug in his rucksack in Primrose Hill, London and the star asked for "respect" and "privacy" whilst the matter is dealt with.

She said: "I love my son very much. I will do whatever I can to give him the support that he needs, and I ask that you respect our privacy at this time."

The news of Madonna's support for her son comes after it was previously reported that Rocco had become "well-known figure" in the area and could often be seen "acting suspiciously".

A source said: "Rocco has become a well-known figure in the area and not for the right reasons. He's been repeatedly seen acting suspiciously.

"This incident was the final straw. Local residents are fed up with him acting in this manner and called the police."

According to sources, Rocco was on a wall with a friend when police approached them and the officials noticed traces of cannabis on his clothes.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "A 16-year-old has been arrested for possession of cannabis. He was bailed and dealt with by Camden Borough's Youth Offending Team."

He is said to have been dealt with under the Triage system, which aims to ensure young people who are arrested for low level offences for the first time are diverted out of the criminal justice system with the use of restorative practice.

As a result, it is not thought he will get a criminal record but may have to attend a number of workshops.