NEW ORLEANS, LA—Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews distributed over 400 gifts at the first annual holiday event, Toys from Troy. Presented by NOLA FOR LIFE at the Treme Center, the toy giveaway included live music, holiday photos and the distribution of stockings with healthy snacks to families of NOLA FOR LIFE partner organizations with children from one month to 13 years old.
View photos from Toys from Troy presented by NOLA FOR LIFE
“We are always looking for opportunities to invest in and give hope to families in New Orleans,” said Mayor Landrieu. “This partnership with Trombone Shorty allows us to kick-off the holiday season with the families of our NOLA FOR LIFE partners in a special and festive way.”
Trombone Shorty, a New Orleans native and now internationally acclaimed artist, noted that “This is a very special time of year and I wanted to help do my part to brighten the season. It’s great to be able to do that right here in Treme where I grew up.”
Trombone Shorty conceptualized and financed the toy giveaway in a continuing effort to give back to his community. This project follows his horn distribution program, with Mayor Landrieu partnering to provide instruments to local band and school music programs. The project also coincides with the work of his Trombone Shorty Foundation, which has forged an alliance with Tulane University’s New Orleans Center for the Gulf South to mentor young musicians, with a stated mission “to preserve and perpetuate the unique musical culture of New Orleans by passing down its traditions to future generations of musicians.”
Today’s event engaged over 13 high-quality providers of programs and social services to families and young men most at risk. These NOLA FOR LIFE partners support Mayor Landrieu's comprehensive murder reduction strategy to tackle the city's historically high murder rate. Launched in May 2012, the strategy implements initiatives in five main categories: Stop the Shooting; Invest in Prevention, Promote Jobs and Opportunity, Strengthen the NOPD, and Get Involved and Rebuild Neighborhoods.
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