Last weekend, Toys4Teens and Lyrics Open threw an event called “Beats4Kicks”. This event on November 29th, was held all day at Cafe Colonial, with free hot chocolate, music, and a ton of local art.

Toys4Teens was created by Tiffany Allen, a mother and volunteer at Loaves and Fishes, She has been volunteering for Loaves & Fishes for six years.

Tiffany saw young children are more likely to receive donations around the holidays compared to teens. She and Orlando Wilkerson of Lyrics Open, a monthly open mic, curated this event to raise awareness about the lack of attention homeless teens receive, and to raise money for all teens who have transitioned through or are currently living at Loaves & Fishes.

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12 local artists were able to compete against each other to win a full day in the Dock Recording Studio.

To learn more about Lyrics Open, visit

To learn more about how to help Tiffany assist homeless teens this winter, visit