As a young student, National Pawn President Bob Moulton dreamed about joining his middle school band, but his parents couldn’t afford to provide him with an instrument. Luckily, Bob’s mom eventually found an affordable instrument at a yard sale, and he was able to participate in the band – learning music and making friends. Now a successful businessman himself, Bob is able to pass along that same impactful gift of music to thousands of students by giving musical instruments and monetary donations to arts programs across the state.
Since 2010, National Pawn has donated more than 3,400 instruments and $60,000 in cash to performing arts programs across North Carolina. This year’s instrument and cash donations were presented during separate assemblies at schools in Alamance, Durham, Forsyth, Gaston, Guilford, Mecklenburg and Wake County.
During these ceremonies, Bob unveiled the $2,000 check and 100 instruments – including, trumpets, saxophones, clarinets and more – to the students, band directors, principals and county leaders at each selected school. The young students welcomed National Pawn members with open arms and handmade gifts to express their gratitude for his generous donation.
Band directors, principals and staff smile and profess deep appreciation for these donations and the ways these resources will help students for years to come. Bob and the National Pawn staff are thrilled with the impact they are able to have on local schools and arts programs, and their hope is that this will also inspire others to donate gently used instruments to local public schools to expand the overall community impact.