By Brent E. Beltrán
This weekend the 5th annual Love Thy Neighbor Clothing & Toy Drive takes place at the Centro Cultural de la Raza in Balboa Park. For the past five years Ruben Torres and some of his close friends have organized this event to bring a little joy during the Christmas season to youths in San Diego and Tijuana.
South Bay native Ruben Torres continues to give back to the community he loves. He says, “God gives us two hands, one to receive with and the other to give with. I’m honored to see the community come together to give and to be a blessing to the needy.”
Toys will be collected for the children of the YWCA as well as families of The Training Center in Spring Valley.
This year’s main event takes place on Sunday, December 14 from 12-8pm and is hosted by radio DJ Beto Perez of 95.7 KISS FM and features an art show curated by Ruben Torres and Wendy Wolf.
This and other events supporting Love Thy Neighbor take place Thursday through Sunday where clothing and new, unwrapped toys can be dropped off. The places include:
Dec 11: National City Chamber of Commerce Holiday Fiesta Mixer at 901 National City Blvd. from 4-7pm. $25 for nonmembers.
Dec 12: La Guadalupana Art Show at Border X Brewing at 2181 Logan Ave. in Barrio Logan from 6-11pm. An art exhibit reception dedicated to the Virgen de Guadalupe. Free.
Dec 12: Winter Wonderslam Pro Wrestling & Toy Drive at the Chula Vista Masonic Lodge at 732 3rd Ave in Chula Vista. Tickets available at www.FansUnitedWrestling.com.
Dec 13: 5th annual Love Thy Neighbor Clothing & Toy Drive at The Church at 2151 Logan Ave. in Barrio Logan from 2-9pm. A screening of Bad Santa will take place from 5-9pm. Free.
Dec 14: 5th annual Love Thy Neighbor Clothing & Toy Drive from 12-8pm at the Centro Cultural de la Raza at 2004 Park Blvd. in Balboa Park. Featuring music and art.