T.I. Keeping Busy With Charity While Under House Arrest, He Tells MTV News In Phone Call

'I'm always going to be in the community giving to those who are in need,' rapper says.

It wouldn't be T.I. if he just sat on his hands. The King of the South may be on house arrest, but he's still working diligently during his home confinement.

It was announced a few days ago that he's already begun recording his 2008 release, Paper Trail, and on Friday (November 16) he called MTV News to tell us about his more immediate plans. Next week, he'll be spearheading several charitable efforts.

"I want people to know that no matter what the situation is, I'm always going to be in the community giving to those who are in need and helping people out," he told MTV News correspondent Sway. "That's what I've always done."

T.I. has also put the call out to his troops for some major things next week. His Grand Hustle record label and Grand Hustle K.I.N.G. Foundation will be handing out 400 turkeys in Atlanta: 200 on the west side, 200 on the east side. There will be Thanksgiving dinners prepared and served for the needy at Club Crucial on Thanksgiving as well. T.I. is also assisting the Hosea Williams Feed the Hungry and Homeless Foundation by reaching out to his friends in the hip-hop community in hopes of raising $150,000 for a massive turkey giveaway at Turner Field, home of the Atlanta Braves. T.I. says the goal is to serve 20,000 to 30,000 people.

As of right now, the Grammy winner cannot speak on his weapons charges and impending trial, but Sway said T.I. was upbeat and seemed excited about next week's activities.

"I was impressed by his positive attitude and jovial mood about his life right now," Sway said.