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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."


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