Blues will help kids and needy parents during the seventh annual Toy and Diaper Drive Sunday, December 7 at Rhythm Room in Phoenix.
Bluesman Mike Anderson and the Blues Review Band will head up an all-star cast that includes Lucius Parr, the Sugar Thieves, Paul Cruize and Blues Crew, Sir Harrison, Rebecca Bond from the Diverse Band, Charli Hopewell from Adrenalin, Dave Riley, Mike Black, and Bam Bam.
Bluesman Mike started the toy and diaper drive seven years ago at Bogey's in Chandler, but moved it to the Rhythm Room three years ago because of its central location for those who live in the east or west parts of the valley.
"The Rhythm Room has a great sound system, and owner Bob Corritore is wonderful for supporting fundraisers," Anderson says.
He says this event just keeps growing.
"We had a fantastic turnout last year and we hope it will be even better this year," he said. "We want people to bring in unwrapped toys or packs of baby diapers."
Last year, the event collected five large boxes of diapers and toys, enough that Bluesman Mike had to make two trips to First Way Pregnancy Center. The toys go to the Salvation Army and the diapers go to First Way Pregnancy Center. Checks can be written to either the Salvation Army or First Way Pregnancy Center. Bluesman Mike's wife Esther helped start the First Way Pregnancy Center.
First Way Pregnancy Center gives free diapers away to anyone with no questions asked.
"They often run short on diapers," Anderson says.
Bluesman Mike will also perform at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, December 11, at Chandler Fashion Mall to close out the toy drive benefit for the Salvation Army.
Bluesman Mike and the Blues Review Band is working on having a new CD out by the end of January.
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