Stevie Wonder has long been an inspiration to many because of his immense musical skill despite his physical disability. More than that, however, he is also an inspiration with regards to his charity work. In 1996, he launched the annual House Full of Toys benefit concert, which aims to help children, the disabled, and those in need.
Now in its 20th year, the 2016 concert will be held on December 9 at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater along with some very special guests. Lionel Richie and John Legend were the first two performers to be announced, with more to be announced in the coming days. In previous years, guests included Alicia Keys, Justin Bieber, Janelle Monae, and many more.
The House Full of Toys concert is set to benefit the We Are You Foundation, and concertgoers are asked to bring an unwrapped toy or gift to the event.
Aside from the annual concert, Stevie Wonder has also been recognized as a United Nations Messenger for Peace due to his efforts with the U.S. President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, the Children’s Diabetes Foundation, Junior Blind of America, and the creation of the Wonder Vision Awards Program. He has also performed and produced a number of songs whose proceeds went to charities in support of causes like people with disabilities, AIDS, world hunger, and the like.