The Music Shop trades lessons for donations

Will McDougall, grandson of Bread for Life chairman Bill McDougall plays guitar next to the donations at The Music Shop on Queen St.

Will McDougall, grandson of Bread for Life chairman Bill McDougall plays guitar next to the donations at The Music Shop on Queen St.

The Music Shop on Queen Street held its 2nd annual Bread for Life food drive. The drive allows students to donate at least $20 of non-perishable groceries, and they would receive a free 30 minute lesson. A dozen local families jumped at the chance.

“I was hoping we’d get more,” The Music Shop owner Scott Mulrooney said in a press release from Bread for Life. “But we were very pleased. People were generous.”

In the end, several hundred pounds of food were presented to Southington Bread for Life. Mulrooney, who opened The Music Shop in 1985, said he knew about the local non-profit that feeds the hungry but did not know the tremendous need until Eldon Hafford, Bread for Life executive director, came and spoke about the program at a church.

“It’s incredible that there are so many families in need right here in town. I was blown away and thought it would be a nice way to encourage people to give. It’s a worthwhile cause and the food is not being sent off to other towns; it’s being used right here in Southington,” Mulrooney said in the release.

“We want to thank The Music Shop for their support of Bread for Life, the local soup kitchen and feeding program that serves the homeless, seniors and homebound,” Hafford said in the release. “We appreciate all the students and their families that donated. You are making a difference in feeding the hungry in our community and without you, this could not happen.”

For more information about Bread for Life, visit the website www.southingtonbreadforlife.org, on Facebook or call the office at (860) 276-8389.

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