Summarized by Kent Larsen
LDS Humanitarian Services Facilitates Band Instrument Donation To Bolivia
Salt Lake Tribune 28May00 N1
By Celia R. Baker: Salt Lake Tribune
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- A Salt Lake City business had excess
inventory of band instruments, and LDS Humanitarian Services found a
use for them -- in Bolivia. The Piano Gallery, a Utah music
dealership bought out a competitor who had band instruments that the
store couldn't use. So the firm started looking for places to give
the $350,000 worth of instruments away.
Many of the instruments were useful at schools in Utah, where they
are being used to bolster music education programs. But the LDS
Church's Humanitarian Services organization found the most remote use
for the instruments. A school in Bolivia will soon receive
instruments from the Piano Gallery.
And veteran teachers in Utah point to the businesses' donation as an
example of what individuals could do. Choral teacher LeAnna Willmore
suggests that individuals who "have horns under their bed that they
are not using . . . donate them to schools. We have a lot of needy
children who need instruments."