Musicians with special needs lose instruments to flooding

Musicians with special needs lose instruments to flooding

NORWOOD, OH (FOX19) - Flood waters destroyed nearly everything inside Melodic Connections in Norwood over the weekend.

The non-profit organization provides instruments and music lessons to more than 600 musicians with special needs.

"Just a total...total loss and devastation. This has been a labor of love for everyone that works here," said founder, Betsey Nuseibeh.

Guitars, keyboards, sheet music, studio equipment and a piano were among the items lost.

"It's not just equipment, it's all the love and all of the care and all of the amazing things that were produced here. They're just...they're gone," said Nuseibeh.

Melodic Connections also lost two new minivans which were purchased recently with gr ant money. The vehicles were used to transport the musicians to live performances in the community.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for monetary donations.

"Although we've been devastated by this loss, our students can perservere through your generous support. Any monetary or instrument donations will directly help our individuals to engage with the community.  Together, we can empower musicians of all abilities, and provide every voice an opportunity to be heard.," their GoFundMe page states.

The group is also accepting instruments to replace those that were lost.

Instrument donations can be dropped off at any Willis Music location or sent to:
407 Vine St. 
Suite 112
Cincinnati, OH 45202

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