National Pawnbrokers Association Celebrate Musical Instrument Gift Day with help from The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation and Rowan Middle School in Jackson, MS

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Through musical instrument donations from pawnbrokers across the country, The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation and Musical Instrument Gift Day are making music, one donation at a time.

Musical Instrument Gift Day will take place on December 6, 2012.

The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation has identified the band program at Rowan Middle School in Jackson, MS as a candidate in need of support.

On December 6, 2012, the National Pawnbrokers Association (NPA) will sponsor its fourth annual Musical Instrument Gift Day, where pawnbrokers from around the country make generous donations of musical instruments to organizations in need. The NPA will celebrate by giving the gift of music as December 6th is National Pawnbrokers Day as well as Saint Nicholas Day.

Saint Nicholas of Myra, the Patron Saint of pawnbroking, is famed for his generosity to the poor and for his penchant for secretly leaving gifts for people in need. He is recognized in America as Santa Claus and his three bags of gold has become the international symbol of pawnbrokers.

This year, NPA is working closely with The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, a non-profit organization that donates both new and quality refurbished instruments to under-funded music programs that lack the resources to keep up with equipment loss, and accommodates students on waiting lists or who have to share instruments.

Inspired by the acclaimed motion picture Mr. Holland’s Opus, the film's composer, Michael Kamen, started the foundation in 1996. Every year, an average of 10,000 young people across the country benefit from the foundation's programs.

The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation has identified the band program at Rowan Middle School in Jackson, MS as a candidate in need of support. The school has a limited inventory of musical instruments, many of which are beyond repair and unplayable.

Now in its fourth year, Musical Instrument Gift Day has donated thousands of musical instruments to charity organizations supporting underprivileged children, families, and veterans. This year, NPA members will donate instruments and financial contributions to be converted into musical instruments to support the music education efforts of The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundations’s recipient programs.

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The National Pawnbrokers Association is a trade organization for responsible pawnbrokers. The NPA works to provide pawnbrokers nationwide with resources and tools to strengthen the pawn industry. NPA members are committed to operating their business in such a manner as to enhance and promote the positive and professional image of all pawnbrokers. Members believe in establishing positive and long-lasting relationships with local, state and federal government officials. The NPA is the industry's only national association and is located in Keller, TX.

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