Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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September 13, 2013

Worthy cause

Musical campaign merits support

— — A drive now underway to help provide gently used or newer musical instruments to children in the region who otherwise would not experience the gift of music merits public support and participation.

Stages Music Center, working in cooperation with Community Connections and the Creating Opportunities For Youth Coalition, is hosting the first Instrument Drive for Mercer County students. The group is urging area residents who may have flutes, horns, guitars, violins and other instruments gathering attic dust to consider donating those items to area children who can not afford to purchase them.

Such instruments can often cost hundreds of dollars, according to Melissa McKinney, director of Stages Music School.

“We’re not doing just band instruments,” McKinney said. “We also need string instruments for kids who want to take guitar lessons or violin lessons. We have a scholarship program, but a lot of times these kids who get a scholarship can’t afford the instruments.”

Donated items can include all types of musical instruments such as horns, wind instruments, percussion and strings. In addition, instrument parts and accessories will be accepted as well.

“We know there is a need,” Greg Puckett, executive director of Community Connections and a member of the COFY coalition, said “We know there are a lot of clarinets and flutes and stuff like that in attics. If you are willing to donate them, you would truly be making a difference in a young person’s life.”

Instruments can be donated in Princeton at Stages Music School at 860 Mercer Street, the Princeton Times on Thorn Street, and at Community Connections at 215 South Walker Street. The donations are also being accepted at the Bluefield Daily Telegraph at 928 Bluefield Avenue in Bluefield. All locations will be accepting musical instrument donations until Sept. 25.

Instruments can also be donated during two concerts planned Sunday at the Lavon Theater on Mercer Street by Stages Music Center. The concerts are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

We encourage all area residents with musical instruments they are no longer using to consider donating them to the First Instrument Drive.

Young lives can be enriched by the gift of music. And we find it sad that some children are being limited in their artistic education and expression due to a family’s financial strain.

If you have a gently used instrument, please consider helping this worthwhile cause.

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