Stevie Wonder says this year’s 22nd annual House Full Of Toys benefit concert will raise money for families impacted by wildfires in California.
The Dec. 9 concert at Staples Center is being organized with help from the Entertainment Industry Foundation and their crisis response program Music for Relief and attendees are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to the concert on behalf of House Full Of Toys to benefit children, people with disabilities and families in need.
“This is for those who lost their dreams, their homes and unfortunately 80 people in Northern California lost their lives, and three in Southern California,” Wonder told a group of reporters at LA’s Novo by Microsoft theater, saying the benefit would help families affected by the Camp and Woolsey fires.
“As we all know, this has been a crazy crazy time with fires and just everything that has been going on in the world, in this country,” he said, later noting “though there are some that don’t believe in global warming, I do. We have to protect the planet. We have to know that we are going to have to be cognizant of what we do,” adding “even those who are non-believers understand that if we don’t love and take care of our planet, we won’t have it.”
Wonder entertained the media who sat on stage with him while he performed “My Cherie Amour,” “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)” and “Golden Lady” during the press event, previewing his plans for Song Party: A Celebration of Life, Love & Music, which he first unveiled in Las Vegas earlier this year. Fans are encouraged to write in advance of the concert with their favorite songs from Wonder’s catalog and explain what the song reminded them of, whether that be a first date, the birth of a child or something special in their life.
Wonder also took time to talk about his personal life, saying he lost his sister Renee Lynda Hardaway on his birthday in May while sharing happy news that his youngest daughter Nia had just celebrated her fourth birthday.
“I thank you for your love and I thank you for being the press, it is not fake,” he said to applause from the reporters who had gathered in the room. “We need you. Never let anyone make you think we don’t need you because we always need to know the truth. The truth will live far beyond any lie.”
Tickets and more information can be found here.