A Florida manufacturing company is turning scrapwood into toy guitars for children around the world.
Wayne Robison, Rulon International's president and CEO, came up with the idea to turn scrap into 10,000 guitars and donate them to sick children around the world in 2016. Three years later, the company is over halfway toward realizing that amazing goal. Each toy wooden guitar is fine-tuned and ready to create music in orphanages and hospitals, according to MSN News.
"With sick children it's proven, that two things that help them get through their illnesses are music and animals" said Eleanor Robison, Wayne's wife.
Rulon began the program with its first donation to an orphanage in Haiti. The company sent painted guitars over for the children and it was asked to send unfinished guitars for the children to paint and decorate themselves to give to others. The children in the orphanage later took their finished products to another orphanage for disabled children.
The guitars come in four or five shapes and styles. They are pre-decorated, raw or with a base-coat, a single solid colour that allows children to decorate it the way they want. The handles of each guitar are microbial and germ-free.
The idea originated with enlisting local artists to finish each guitar, but the program became so popular that organizations everywhere began to reach out looking to get involved. They ended up painting those raw guitars themselves. The company has also included family and friends overseas, with some members producing hand-painted guitars they delivered to a hospital in their hometown in Scotland.
Recently, Rulon has sent guitars to several cancer and illness camps where the kids would have a class a day to paint their guitars and take it home with them. The group Band of the Strong in Nebraska has partnered with the company. It is a nonprofit, with the mission to give musical opportunities to kids in need, whether in the death of loved ones, illness or financial hardship. Guitars for Children sends from 60-100 guitars to this organization every other month.
Each guitar is made in the company's factory and the paint used is recycled. The factory itself is void of fumes since there are no chemicals in any of the paint used. Eleanor Robison plans to team up with as many schools in the greater Jacksonville area as possible. A great way to pay it forward!