Two Roanoke musicians distribute musical instruments to children in need
ROANOKE, Virginia – Two musicians from Roanoke renovate old instruments to give children in need the gift of music.
Inside a storage unit in Roanoke is a universal language ready to be played.
Bill Hudson and Al Coffey have collected dozens of musical instruments given to children who cannot afford one.
“They can take it home,” said Bill Hudson, Co-Founder of Feel Good Tour. “This is the important part. The child can take this instrument home.
Over the past 16 years, they have distributed 600 instruments to children in several states.
Whether families have lost everything to natural disasters or have never been able to strum a ukulele themselves, musicians want to fill the void.
“Music is important,” said Al Coffey, co-founder. “It is food for the soul.”
For the past seven years, they’ve opened a store at Rent-A-Space on Valley Avenue next to Lowe’s, so kids can claim their own instrument. The reactions of the children are what move the musicians forward.
“We bought him a trumpet and his eyes lit up like we were turning on flashes,” Coffey said.
Hudson and Coffey will be available next weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 4221 Valley Ave in Roanoke.
If children want an instrument, parents should make an appointment with the musicians by contacting Hudson at [email protected] or calling 540-819-2354.
If you would like to donate an instrument, depending on your location, Coffey or Hudson can arrange an appointment to pick up the instrument at your home. You can contact Coffey at 540-366-7290.
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