Toys donated in Michigan through Toys for Tots. MLive file photo.File Photo
ANN ARBOR, MI — Toys are tickets for an upcoming benefit concert hosted by a local artist collective.
The Flight Team, a group of artists based in Washtenaw County, will host its third annual Super Fly Toy Drive and benefit concert. The drive has four locations for people to drop off toys, culminating in a benefit concert at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15 at The Blind Pig, 208 South First St., Ann Arbor.
The collective originally was inspired to host the drive after seeing the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
“COVID itself is what really brought it on,” said Dre Davenport, a member of The Flight Team known as Dre Dav. “We realized how hard families were being impacted, as well as inflation and just the cost of everything with people not working.”
Previous years’ drives have filled up the bed of his truck twice, said Neiko Thomas-Cook, a co-organizer and known by the stage name DJ Nitro.
“I would say roughly a few hundred toys,” Thomas-Cook said.
The drive will feature four boxes in businesses across Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. Toys can be donated for any age bracket, but must be new in the original packaging and unwrapped. Donations will be disseminated through Toys for Tots, a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve.
Toys can be donated at York, 1928 Packard St., Ann Arbor; MAIZ Mexican Cantina, 36 E. Cross St., Ypsilanti; Ziggy’s, 206 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti; and Suite 328 Recording Studio, 239 S. Ford Blvd., Ypsilanti. Donations will be accepted from Monday, Nov. 7 through Saturday, Dec. 17.
The benefit concert will start at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15 at The Blind Pig, 208 South First St., Ann Arbor. In addition to a performance by The Flight Team, the concert will feature performances from Louis Picasso & The Gallery, Slim Ready, Where She Creep, Johnny Lovelle, and Ki5.
Price of admission is $10 at the door or a toy. Doors open at 7 p.m.
“We just kind of wanted to do our part to pitch in,” Davenport said.
Purchase tickets or find event information online.
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