It’s been a busy year for the pawn industry and an especially busy holiday shopping season at pawn shops. Still, that didn’t stop pawnbrokers across the country from taking time out to give back to their communities.
December 6, 2010 marked the second annual celebration of Musical Instrument Gift Day. Gift Day is a national event sponsored by the National Pawnbrokers Association where member pawnbrokers donate musical instruments to local charities and music programs in need. Donations are held in celebration of National Pawnbrokers Day and St. Nicholas Day, the patron saint of pawnbrokers. For more details about the program, please visit www.GiftDay.org
This year, the National Pawnbrokers Association worked with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to extend the reach of generosity around the country. National Pawnbrokers Association reached out to children in over 15 states, donating hundreds of musical instruments.
Some pawnbrokers found more than just one way to give. In addition to donating to their local Boys & Girls Clubs of America, NPA members set up Toys for Tots donation bins in their stores and encouraged employees and customers to give. Other pawn shops surprised their local charities with generous cash donations.
The President of the National Pawnbrokers Association, Dave Crume noted “Pawnbrokers like to give back to the communities that they serve.” The National Pawnbrokers Association is involved in several community relations programs, such as Future Business Leaders Program and Concerns of Police Survivors. Crume said, “The holidays are a special time for members of the NPA, and Musical Instrument Gift Day is a wonderful way to share.”