Do you have a musical instrument that you no longer want? Here’s how to donate it to a child in need.

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) – If you have a musical instrument at home that’s just gathering dust, don’t let it go to waste.

Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro wants young people to experience the joy of making music by putting an instrument in their hands.

“I believe in music in education. I think music is not just the universal language, but it’s the language of the universe,” he said.

“During this time when we feel so disconnected from everything, I think we need music to bring us all together.”

On Saturday, Shimabukuro and Leo Daquioag of the Music for Life Foundation will host a fundraiser to collect new or gently used musical instruments

“We will accept stringed instruments, musical instruments, any type of orchestral instruments. We will also accept musical material,” Daquioag said.

Once a year, the association organizes the drive. The instruments people no longer want go to the schools that need them ― and to young people who want to play but don’t have the tools.

“They see videos on YouTube and all these other people playing, and they have time to sit down and be inspired. So let’s give them the tools to express themselves,” Shimabukuro said.

The Music For Life Foundation has collected hundreds of second-hand instruments over the years that have opened up the world of music to dozens of children.

“We are here to provide people with the ability and access to play musical instruments,” Daquioag said.

Saturday’s drive-thru donation will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at Ala Wai Elementary School. You won’t even have to get out of your car.

“We’ll have our volunteers pick up the instruments from you, provide you with a donation receipt, and then ship you out,” Daquioag said.

Gifts are tax deductible. Remember that the musical instrument you donate may end up in the hands of Hawaii’s next great musician.

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