Aloe Blacc To Perform At Bed-Stuy Toy, Coat Drive Celebration

BED-STUY, BROOKLYN – A toy and winter coat promotion in Bed-Stuy closes with a party next week, complete with performances by Santa and Grammy-nominated actress Aloe Blacc.

Christmas promotion organizers, including nonprofit A Little Piece of Light, will be collecting toys and new or barely worn winter coats through Tuesday, December 7, in preparation for a winter wonderland distribution event on Wednesday, officials said.

The distribution – which takes place at the Premier venue on Nostrand Avenue – includes face-paint, raffles, refreshments and performances while organizers distribute the donated items to women, their families, girls and LGBTQ people affected by abuse, trauma, and violence are incarceration.

The event is free and public.

“The toy and coat drive will help those in our community who are too often overlooked and who work hard after a traumatic life caused by sexism, racism, violence, poverty, and the criminal justice system,” said Donna Hylton, founder of A Little Piece of Light. “We encourage the community to donate what they can, and we are confident that these kindnesses will have a profound impact on someone’s life.”

Those wishing to make a donation prior to the distribution event can drop off toys, children’s books, games, and winter coats at the nonprofit’s store at 365 Marcus Garvey Blvd.

Circle for Justice Innovations and the Brooklyn Nets are also among the organizers of the Christmas campaign.

Here are all the details:

HOW: Make your tax-deductible donations of toys, children’s books, games, and little-used winter coats at A Little Piece of Light, 365 Marcus Garvey Blvd., Bed-Stuy Brooklyn, NY 11221 by December 7th.

IF: The Winter Wonderland distribution event will take place on Wednesday, December 8th, from 12pm to 7pm

WHERE: 253 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205 (Corner of Nostrand & Lafayette and opposite the Bedford-Nostrand G stop).

WHAT: The event will distribute donations to women and their families, girls and LGBTQ people who have been affected by abuse, trauma, violence and incarceration.

Highlights include a Santa Claus performance with photo motifs and a performance by Aloe Blacc at 1 p.m. with DJ entertainment all day. There will also be new clothing giveaways, face-paint, a face and makeup station, raffles and refreshments.

* This is a free event and open to the public. Proof of a COVID vaccination or a negative PCR test is required for entry. Temperature control on the door. *

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