Local Girl Scout Donates $1,800 in Musical Instruments to Miller Children’s Hospital

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Patients at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach are playing and listening to music this afternoon after the hospital received a donation of musical instruments from a local Long Beach Girl Scout worth more than $1,800.

Abigail See, a junior at Long Beach Poly, has been playing the harp and piano since she was eight. Her passion for music helped her select this project for her Girl Scouts Gold Award. The Gold Award is the highest achievement within the Girl Scouts, which requires the planning and implementation of a project that reaches beyond the Girl Scout organization and provides a sustainable, lasting benefit to the larger community. That’s exactly what Abigail did. The project was comprised of two things: to establish ongoing performances at Miller Children’s by Long Beach Poly musicians; and to accept donations to purchase instruments and other items for the hospital. She had three solo performances at Miller Children’s during the spring and had a violinist, violist, and jazz quartet perform as well. “Performing for the patients at Miller Children’s was so inspiring for me,” says Abigail. “It was my favorite part of the project.”

The second component involved some creativity. She asked Rusty and Georgia Higgins, owners of Long Beach Woodwinds, a local music store, to take donations on her behalf and purchase instruments at wholesale prices. Donations ranging from $10 to $200 were sent in. The final value of items purchased totaled more than $1,800. Some of the major donors included Mr. and Mrs. Michael Lutmer, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Schubel, Mr. and Mrs. James Preusch, Mr. and Mrs. David See, Ms. Maureen Cole, Mr. Ken Beres, and the Sylvia Woods Harp Center. More than 40 items were purchased, including a guitar, small folk harp, karaoke machine, and gathering drum. MaverickLabels.com donated hospital-grade labels she affixed on each instrument with the donor’s names.

“It was thoughtful of Abigail to select the children at the hospital to benefit from her project,” says Laurel Terreri, MA, MT-BC, music therapist, Miller Children’s. “Music provides a relaxing and enjoyable experience for our patients during a difficult time.”

The instruments were formally presented to patients and representatives of Miller Children’s in an event last Friday. The presentation was followed by a music group session conducted by Laurel, making it an enjoyable afternoon for everyone there.

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