Guitars for troops

I ran across this story the other day, and I wanted to share it with all of you. It’s one of those ‘heart-warming’ stories that you just can’t keep to yourself. At least I couldn’t.

The story is about Robin Weber, of Guitar Gallery, who lives near Nashville. Back in 2009, she started an organization called Guitars 4 Troops. I know money is tight right now – it is for all of us. But this is one of those organizations I hope to be sending a donation to in the very near future.

Here is part of an article by WKRN-TV News in Nashville. You can read the whole article by clicking here.

MILLERSVILLE, Tenn. – A local woman has turned her love of guitars into a business and began a program that currently provides guitars to soldiers serving overseas.

"I love wood, love working with guitar players and guitar builders. We all love music and it is a great community to be a part of," Robin Weber of Guitar Gallery told Nashville’s News 2.

Guitars for troops 1 In 2009, the guitar store owner was contacted by a soldier serving in Afghanistan asking if she would be interested in donating a guitar to one of his soldiers also serving in Afghanistan.

Weber did not hesitate to act upon the request.

"…My knee jerk reaction was, of course I will donate a guitar to a soldier," Weber said.

Weber told News 2 that word of her free guitar spread quickly among the soldiers and other soldiers began requesting guitars as well.

"Other guys wanted to know if they could have a guitar and in the end I sent about eight to 10 guitars in the first couple months which were just donated from the shop here," Weber said.

Guitars for troops 3 Realizing the need for music overseas Weber created Guitars 4 Troops and spread the word to her customers.

"I opened it up to the guitar community, my customers, the guys and gals that buy from me and I said this is what we are doing," Weber said.

The guitars are given away as a gift, but she hopes that before a soldier returns to home they find someone to give the donated guitar to. Right now, soldiers requesting a guitar are put on a waiting list in the order she received their request. Weber said the waiting list can be as long as four to five months and she hopes she will soon be able to eliminate the waiting list and ship guitars as soon as she receives a request.

Guitars for troops Logo What a great project! Anyone who would like to make a donation to Guitars 4 Troops can do so by visiting their web site. Just click here, or on the Guitars 4 Troops logo above.

I’ve got to head out – time to go to the office. I hope you all have a great Monday. If the weather where you are is any thing like the weather where I am …. Keep warm!

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  I ran across this story the other day, and I wanted to share it with all of you. It’s one of those ‘heart-warming' stories that you just can’t keep to yourself. At least I couldn’t. The story is about Robin Weber, of Guitar Gallery,...