Company Makes Guitars out of Scrap Wood for Sick and At-Risk Youth
They used the extra material they had at their fingertips to spark joy for those who need it most.
Famous opera singer Luciano Pavarotti once said, "If children are not introduced to music at an early age, I believe something fundamental is actually being taken from them."
Rulon International, an acoustic ceiling and wall manufacturer in St. Augustine, FL, seems to agree with this notion. In 2016, the company's founder, Wayne Robinson, created a non-profit to use the scrap wood from manufacturing to make toy guitars for children around the world.
Robinson's goal with "Guitars for Kids" is to create 10,000 guitars and distribute them to sick, underprivileged and disabled children. As of now, he's already over halfway there. The organization has sent instruments to over 50 hospitals and charity groups, and they also partner with other non-profits that work with at-risk youth.
Each guitar has two strings and is finely tuned and ready to be played. The organization initially linked up with local artists to have the guitars painted, but more groups have been requesting unfinished guitars for the children to paint and decorate themselves.
The guitars are manufactured on site at Rulon, and along with the wood scraps, the paint used on them is 100% recycled. All of the paint used at the factory is chemical-free, so there are no fumes. It's important to Robinson to use as many environmentally friendly details as possible.
While Guitars for Children has worked with many impressive organizations over the last few years and has gotten instruments into the hands of thousands of children worldwide, the Robinsons have big plans for the project.
"I would like to somehow get into each school, and have them have an art class to make guitars, so the children are getting their art lessons, but they're also helping other children," said Eleanor Robison, Wayne's wife.
We think they'd make Pavarotti proud.
You can learn more about Guitars for Children and stay up-to-date with their progress by following their Facebook page .