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Two children on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation are going to have the opportunity to learn guitar.

Let me digress for a moment.  The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is Shannon County, South Dakota.  According to US statistics it is the poorest county in the United State.  Just a couple statistics: per capita income is $9,286.  1 in 4 children, yes 1 in 4! , is born with fetal alcohol syndrome.  Each year a musician friend of mine, Larry Dunn,  puts on a benefit concert, The Toy Drive for Pine Ridge, to get toys donated for Christmas for the kids on the Pine Ridge Reservation.  If you want more to read about Larry and his efforts you can do so here.  Every year I go with Larry to deliver the toys and what a heart warming experience it is. 

I'm not sure how the conversation came about.  But @PatIam and I were discussing about some of these kids having access to a guitar and learning to play.  Actually, what we were discussing is how unlikely it is for that to happen.   We all know about Pat's repairing guitars.  Immediately Pat said, "Why don't you let me send some guitars along?"  And just a few days later guitars showed up up for me to do just that!

Here are two children, that if not for Pat, would never have the opportunity to learn.   I  took for each of these a Hal Leonard "Method Book 1" and TrueFire has a "Learn Guitar 1.  First Steps for Beginners".  I need to check to see how they are doing!

Pat, both these kids said to tell you "Pilamaya"!  (Thank you in the Lakota language>)

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What a beautiful thing to do, Bravo to all of you. One member of our guitar family said they had guitar straps that were never going to be used again, my thought when I saw the post was to suggest they give them to Pat for the guitar's he donates but I failed to suggest it at that time, this is a good time to pass this thought along, to give them to these children. [ sorry can't remember who has them, maybe they'll step up when they see this thread ].      

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@matonanjin that is simply wonderful.  I have a huge soft spot for children, especially those that grow up in difficult circumstances.  You can see the joy on their faces that you guys provided.  You get back what you give in life.  God's bless you two.

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Wonderful!  I love it!

- Steve

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Such a beautiful thing to do! 

Thank you for sharing this. 

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I grew up in South Dakota and when we go back for a visit we travel through several Indian Reservations. Going through a reservation can be depressing. I remember as a boy going to the reservations to play sports or whatever, today many years later the reservation looks about the same as it has for years. Thanks guys for giving of yourselves  so generously, the poorest area of the US is much richer today because of you.

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What a beautiful thing everyone involved is doing. The pictures are priceless and heartwarming.

Greg

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Thanks Ron for the photos.  I really like the little guys outfit.  My favorite movie cartoon characters!

It takes people like Ron and his friend Larry Dunn to make these events happen.  Ron sent photos of them loading the truck and kept me informed of the efforts needed to make this happen. Lots more work than simply donating a couple of guitars.  As I told Ron in our conversations, it is an honor to be a part of what he and Larry do each year.

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