Music legend Stevie Wonder is giving back to those affected by the California wildfire.
On Tuesday, Wonder announced that he plans to support victims, firefighters, and first responders through his upcoming 22nd annual House Full of Toys Benefit Concert with special guests next month at the Staples Center in L.A.
“We have to do our best to raise money for those that have been so less fortunate, for those that have lost dreams, lost their homes,” Wonder says of the fires that have claimed nearly 90 lives and displaced thousands from their homes. “I am very happy to do this again this year but very, very, very excited to do something to help those in a bigger sense the less fortunate.”
Concertgoers are being asked to bring in new, unwrapped toys or gifts to donate to the cause.
The 68-year-old musician reveals his family narrowly escaped the fire’s destruction.
“[…] One of my family members almost lost their house in Calabasas. So I thank God and the weather for that not happening,” he says.
Wonder also acknowledged climate change and the importance of taking care of our planet.
“I know we’re dealing with a drought,” he says. “There are some who don’t believe in global warming. I do. We have to protect the planet. We have to be cognizant of what we do. I pray that all of us, even those who are non-believers, understand that if we don’t love and take care of our planet, we won’t have it.”