STRINGS OF HOPE: GIVE KIDS THE GIFT OF MUSIC
Chris Renard shares his thoughts about the genesis of Strings of Hope: "The year 2020 has been one of the toughest years in memory. As our family sat around the dinner table, we discussed ideas of what we could do to help. We want to lift others up. Especially young people. But how could we give kids hope during this time? How do we empower them? And just like that, I heard it! I didn’t think of the idea, I heard it. My son was playing his guitar like he does twenty-three hours a day and I thought: 'We can give kids the opportunity to learn music when they need it most.'
Presently, there’s no school, music programs, resources, nor ability to create and learn music while stuck at home. We could provide hope and empowerment through music. We could give away 1,000 guitars and get musicians involved to teach them a song! We'll start with one kid, one guitar, one song. We'll create the conduit to provide kids the opportunity to be empowered, to create, confident, proud and enjoy a sense of accomplishment.
They’ll gain personal feelings of joy from making music and sharing that joy. Music is hope. It’s inspirational, emotional, calming, soothing, energetic, passionate, motivating, moving and life’s only Universal Language. We all turn to music when we need to be inspired or comforted. Everyone has songs that inspires them, moves and motivates them to action. Let’s give the next generation the help they need today."