Summer kettle campaign nets money for musicKids who can’t afford a musical instrument of their own will have a chance to learn how to play thanks to the Salvation Army in Superior. The Corps has started a special fund to give kids a chance to take lessons and play instruments.
By: Jessica Hamilton/Wisconsin Public Radio, Superior Telegram
Kids who can’t afford a musical instrument of their own will have a chance to learn how to play thanks to the Salvation Army in Superior.
The Corps has started a special fund to give kids a chance to take lessons and play instruments.
A special summer day of bell ringing and buckets last week, normally done around Christmas, raised more than $1,200 for the new fund at Salvation Army. Maj. Rosemary Matson says this new account gives the kids something to look forward to.
“It makes them feel so good when they can play. We already, one man brought in during the bell ringing, he handed one of the bell ringers a brand new guitar and it’s just beautiful.”
So far, they have nine tambourines and three guitars. Matson says this program has been in the works for a while but the bell ringing helped to fund it. She says some lessons started back in January.
“A couple of our kids have already made their debut playing for other people at a meeting, so we’re excited,” she said.
Advisory Board Secretary Warren Bender says there were more than 20 volunteers that came out and worked in shifts to collect donations including board members, friends and Rotarians. He says this fundraiser was purely to see how much money they could get for the music fund.
“I did four hours at the Oakes Super One and froze because it was cold off lake wind that day and it was fun because I saw a lot of people and a lot of people were very friendly and very happy to donate.”
Matson says this money will help buy more instruments for any child interested in learning to play and for more lessons.
“If they come in and just say they are interested in playing guitar or tambourines we offer that, and if they want to we will get them in.”
The final total for the Christmas in July bell-ringing day came to $1,225 dollars and eleven cents.
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