The fourth annual Wrap for Toys, the generous and fun-loving idea formed by the late rap artist and Altus born and raised Blake Lopez, continues again this year in his memory.
Toys for infants to 17 years of age will receive an unwrapped gift or toy for Christmas. The Department of Human Services will receive the gifts from the project, and give them to Jackson County foster kids on Christmas. These kids are temporarily out of their home due to possible child neglect or abuse.
Blake Lopez, also known as “TWO THROWD”, was the son of Cheo and Robin Lopez. He started Wrap for Toys event along with the help of friend Mary O. Esparza four years ago. “I want to return to my hometown of Altus and help kids in need for Christmas and make them happy, ” were his exact words.
The first annual community family-oriented “Wrap for Kids ” concert was held on a Saturday evening at the Altus Community Center with free pizza, drinks and cake. Performers on hand were from Altus, Oklahoma City and the Elk City area. Rappers were also very giving in their collection of donated toys.
The highlight of that event was hearing Lopez singing his own songs “Swag Juice Drippin” along with other favorites off his first CD. Lopez wrote songs about his life growing up in Altus ( the roots of his rapping career) and about his supportive mom, and his incarcerated father. Lopez’s first music video was filmed in Altus, and can be seen on You Tube Music.
Entry fee for attendees was one unwrapped toy or gift. Donations were given from not only Altus, but from many of Lopez’s relatives, the OKC metro, Moore, Elk City and even as far away as California. By the end of the evening the tired volunteers had counted and collected over 900 gifts for the DHS foster children.
Blake died suddenly just a month after that event. His death was a very sad time for his family and the numerous fans. Lopez was already a rising rap star in Oklahoma and was working aggressively to market his music and grow bigger. To know Blake Lopez was a blessing because he was a compassionate, loving, educated and talented young man. His heart was filled with tons of happiness that he would share with everyone.
Lopez leaves behind a young son Carter, who is full of energy and spunk. Carter was with his Daddy every chance he had. He already has sparked the love of music and hopes to be like his dad.
Blake’s parents, son Carter, only sister Tara, grandmother and other family members live in the OKC metro and Olustee.
The amount of donations have grown tremendously over the years. It is more than just gathering toys for needy children, it is also a special time for the Lopez family and his fans to reunite, and remember Blake. The young , compassionate, talented artist that wanted to share his music and fame and most important just wanted to make needy kids happy on Christmas.
The Lopez family will be gathering the donated toys for the local DHS, and anyone can donate through Dec. 21.
Family and friends can look forward to a 5th annual “TWO THROWD” in memory event in 2016.
If you would like to help by donating, please drop off a new unwrapped toy at Rodriguez Auto Detail at 218 South Main or Red River Pawn at 104 North Main, both in Altus, or by calling 405-838-5158.
Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221 ext. 2077