Fire Department collecting musical instruments for Minneapolis Schools

The Minneapolis Fire Department is collecting new and gently-used musical instruments for donation to the Minneapolis Public Schools. Folks who have an instrument they no longer use can bring it to any of the City's 19 fire stations between June 2 and 9.

The musical instrument drive is a team effort between the department and Ear Candy Charity, which is working in partnership with The Moody Blues who will be performing at the Orpheum Theater on Thursday, June 9 at 8 p.m.

Recognizing the benefits of music in children’s lives and the fact that music education budgets are being cut, Ear Candy Charity created Instrument Drives® to help provide instruments to children who otherwise cannot afford them. Instrument donors will receive notification of the school or program where their instrument is placed. Donors will also receive a tax receipt documenting their donation.

In addition to encouraging instrument donations, The Moody Blues is offering two exclusive VIP packages which include a pre-show backstage and on-stage experience, a Moody Blues merchandise package, and a pair of premium tickets to the show. The packages are available via an online auction to support Ear Candy Charity’s mission of providing youth access to music education.

Supporters can visit MoodyBluesToday.com or EarCandyCharity.org to learn how and where to donate an instrument, bid on a VIP package, purchase tickets to the show, or make a financial donation.

The instrument drive is just one of the community projects that the Minneapolis Fire Department participates in throughout the year. Earlier this year, the Department, along with Local 82 and the Minneapolis African-American Professional Firefighters Association, installed smoke detectors in homes of low income families in Minneapolis. Firefighters also participate in fundraising events to support cystic fibrosis research and treatment.

Published Jun 1, 2011