Stay Gallery brings back Acoustic Christmas Toy Drive

Otha Derek performs at the Acoustic Christmas Toy Drive in 2013.

Otha Derek performs at the Acoustic Christmas Toy Drive in 2013.

DOWNEY – Stay Gallery will host its second annual Acoustic Christmas Toy Drive, in partnership with TLC Family Resource Center, and presented by Financial Partners Credit Union, on Friday, Dec. 12, from 7-11 p.m. All toys received will directly benefit local families and children in need during the holidays.

Live acoustic performances begin at 8:30 with The Artifacts, followed byNew American, Otha Derek, MACK, Fathers & Suns, and ending the night with Long Beach-based duo Bearcoon.

The TLC Family Resource Center is a human/social services program of the Downey Unified School District. They offer a variety of services for students and families facing hardship.

Students and the families referred to TLC are typically struggling with heartbreaking situations, such as keeping a roof over their head, a lack of food on the table, a family member diagnosed with a life threatening sickness, or a death of a close family member.

Artwork on display is from the Art of Rancho group exhibit, and the opening reception is being held Friday night, Dec. 5, beginning at 7 p.m. This exhibit features the best artists from Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center.

The Art of Rancho program gives patients opportunities to be trained by world-renowned artists in adaptive drawing, painting, and photography. Rancho graduate artists are instructors in the program, which raises self-esteem and open windows to creativity.

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Published: Dec. 4, 2014 - Volume 13 - Issue 34