Chandler, Ariz. – Located in the heart of Downtown Chandler, the Third Friday Chandler Art Walk, has a unique theme for each monthly event. This month’s theme is Art with Heart on Jan. 20th, from 6-9:30 p.m. Along with the option to support local artisans by buying local, guests are encouraged to bring in new socks and underwear to support a clothing drive and items to be donated to local animal shelters.
The clothing drive benefits Chandler Christian Community Center. The new socks and underwear will go directly to the organization’s program, I-HELP, which aids persons experiencing homelessness. “Having a clean pair of socks and underwear can make a huge difference to someone, especially if they’re going for a job interview,” says Priscilla Acero, tenant based rental assistance case manager at I-HELP.
In addition to the clothing drive, local real estate company, Team Evolution Real Estate, will also collect unwanted blankets, towels, dog beds, and dog food (canned or dry) to be donated at various valley animal shelters.
In order to incentivize the giving, a $50 gift card to a downtown Chandler restaurant will be given to one lucky winner that donates items for the drives. Just see the Downtown Chandler booth to write down your contact information for a chance to win.
Over 35 artists will showcase mediums ranging from painting, woodworking, jewelry, illustrations, and more. Many vendors offer pieces priced at just $50 or less. Sticking with the theme for the night, soul full R&B band, Honey Brown, will provide live music from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sponsor for the night is Renewal by Andersen of Phoenix.
This free-to-attend event is located in the historic downtown; inside Dr. A.J. Chandler Park west and along San Marcos Pl., starting at SanTan Brewing Co. and moving south. The event is welcome to all ages. More information for the event can be found on the Facebook event page.
So bring those blankets that have been sitting, unused, in your linen closet, purchase some new underwear and socks, and come to downtown Chandler on Friday, Jan. 20, for live music and local art. After all, Acero reminds us, “People are in need all year round and any donation can make a difference in a person’s life.”