Music For Lifelong Achievement (MFLA), which provides musical instruments to St. Louis area students in need, is conducting a drive during the month of April to collect new and used instruments.
Part of the not-for-profit Sheldon Arts Foundation, MFLA over the past ten years has distributed more than 800 instruments to students in St. Louis City and County school districts and a variety of community music programs.
If you have an instrument to donate, you can bring it to any concert at The Sheldon during the month of April, or stop by and drop it off during normal business hours from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
MFLA also is encouraging businesses and community groups to hold instrument drives this month. If you'd like to collect instruments at your workplace, school, civic organization or place of worship, get in touch with MFLA coordinator Matt Brinkmann by calling 314-533-9900 or via email at mbrinkmann at thesheldon.org.
If you'd like to help but don't have an instrument to donate, MFLA also accepts financial contributions, which pay for necessary repairs of donated instruments as well as accessories such as strings, reeds and sheet music. However you contribute, MFLA will provide a "thank you" letter to serve as a tax deduction receipt for the value of the instruments or the funds donated.
For more information or to make a donation, call The Sheldon at 314-533-9900 or visit www.supportmfla.org.