Scouts collect instruments for the Gift of Music

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Scouts and Gift of Music Executive Director Chris Monroe celebrate instrument drive
Mark Weis and fellow scouts with Gift of Music Executive Director Chris Monroe

Eagle scout Mark Weis recently partnered with The Gift of Music Foundation to complete his Eagle project by facilitating an Instrument Donation drive.  Weis and other members of Troop 207 in Cumming, GA worked for weeks to promote the campaign, collecting unused and unwanted musical instruments on behalf of The Gift of Music.

The team hosted an on-site collection process with the cooperation of their local Kroger store, and also received generous support from a nearby Music & Arts store location.  They also coordinated with other donors to pick up the donations directly. Thanks to the great efforts of this insightful project, Weis’s project resulted in the delivery of more than a dozen instruments to add to the Foundation’s inventory worth several thousand dollars.  These will be reconditioned and placed in the Access To Instruments program, which helps provide instruments to beginning students in the Atlanta area who may be unable to afford them.  They even brought a team to help clean and prepare additional instruments to help get them ready for young students.

Executive Director Chris Monroe says this project will “help us with our primary mission which is making sure that kids have access to musical instruments.”  Monroe added “it is exciting to work with such a service-oriented group like the Scouts, and we look forward to more who might choose to do similar projects that support music.”  The Gift of Music Foundation accepts donations of most any type of instrument through drives like this, or through an online donation portal.  To donate an instrument, go to www.giftofmusic.org/instrument-donation