At Guitars for Kids, our mission is to put a guitar in the hands of underserved children whose only wish for Christmas is to have a guitar under their tree.
We believe that by sharing instruments and musical experiences, children who would not otherwise have the opportunity can experience a kind of freedom and self-discovery that is often stifled in an atmosphere of economic hardship.
The Guitars for Kids story began in 2017, when Founder and Director Roy Bowen, Vice President of RS Guitarworks, and his girlfriend went to the Fayette Mall in Lexington, Ky. to visit the Angel Tree. They were told that it was the last day to turn in items so whatever card or cards they picked; they would have to shop that night.
One of the cards Roy pulled off the tree was for a young man who asked for a guitar. Excited because he knew he could make that happen, but not that night, he asked if he could get the guitar and deliver it the next day. They told him all items had to be turned in that night, no extensions.
Not happy with the answer he received, Roy made a promise to himself that he would try to make sure that this would never happen again. After speaking to his partner, RS President Scott Leedy and RS General Manager Lisa Swafford, a plan was put in to place and Guitars for Kids was born.
HOW IT WORKS:
In conjunction with the Salvation Army and the Angel Tree program, RS Guitarworks will also contact schools and other programs in the Central Kentucky area asking them to submit 1-3 names of underserved children who have asked for or would benefit from a guitar for Christmas.
In our inaugural year (2018), we were able to put seventeen guitars under a Christmas tree servicing kids in six counties.
Since we rely entirely on the generosity of others, we cannot guarantee that every child submitted will receive a guitar. However, every effort will be made to accommodate all requests.
When you donate to Guitars for Kids, you enable our mission of transforming lives with the gift of music. Together we can make an impact, one guitar at a time, because of our supporters.
For less than $200, you can buy an Electric guitar starter pack or acoustic guitar to make a child's dreams come true, but we know not everyone can do that, so any donations are appreciated.
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