Toys for Tots Rocks!

JOHN CORABI HAS TRAVELED THE world as a musician. The former lead singer for Mötley Crüe, who lived in L.A. for 25 years, as well as New York and Philadelphia, now calls our humble neighorhood home. “I love this city, but I’m totally in love with East Nashville,” Corabi said during a recent interview at Drifters.
     He will be sharing that love when he hosts the 5th Annual John Corabi and Friends Acoustic Show benefiting Toys for Tots at Drifters and The Building on December 5th.
     Matt Charette, whose Drifters BBQ co-sponsors the event, is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, so the choice of Toys for Tots was an easy call for him. But it might come as a surprise to many of our readers to find out that the Toys for Tots charity is a program of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. The Toys for Tots website states:

The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

Founded in 1947, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program, as it’s officially known, consistently ranks among the top performing charities in the country. A key element of the charity’s effectiveness, as reflected in its mission statement, is keeping collection and distribution localized.
     Last year’s John Corabi and Friends event raised over $10,000 worth of toys for the charity. “I want for this to be a really cool thing that happens in East Nashville every year,” he says. “I would love to get some cool country artist to come down, you know, and grow it … it’s for a great cause.”
     For up to date information about the event — including the lineup — visit our website or check out our Facebook page.
     More information about Toys for Tots can be found at

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