Live, love, play: Making magic
As Metro’s office slowly fills with toys as part of the Metro Magic holiday toy drive, Metro will be partnering with several nonprofits in the city to distribute the toys to needy New York City children.
One of the groups we’re working with is Live Love Dance, which was started this year by Jonathan Lopez, a local DJ.
Lopez told Metro that while traveling as a DJ, he was touched by the underprivileged children he met.
Live Love Dance is a one-man show entirely run by Lopez. Although he receives some help from family and friends, he is in charge of most of the responsibilities.
Live Love Dance helps children in a variety of ways. It’s partnered with Metro to collect toys for kids in New York City. In the past, Lopez has worked with children in hospitals, providing them gifts, books and toys, and this Halloween, he DJed a free dance party for kids in New Jersey.
To raise money, Lopez sells T-shirts he designed on Livelovedance.org. He is also planning a fundraising holiday dinner next month.
“I personally think kids are often the ones that don’t have a voice and don’t have a say in things,” Lopez said. “I want to be their voice to ask for help on their behalf.”