Keyboard donated to tornado damaged church

MAYFLOWER, Ark. (KTHV) - More signs of the rebuilding process are popping up in the cities hit by the tornado three weeks ago. Lifeline Church in Mayflower gathered Sunday morning at the Mayflower High School.

The music accompanying the service came from a brand new electronic keyboard, a gift from Piano Kraft of Little Rock.

"We're trying to supply pianos to the community, and this is a reach out to let the communities know from here out through Vilonia that if there's public places where we can put pianos for kids and families to go practice that lost everything, we're making those available," explained Richard Deutsch.

Deutsch said he wanted to help another ten organizations in the affected communities that might need a piano while they rebuild, free of charge and no strings attached, for the next year as victims get back on their feet. A spokesperson said those organizations can be anything including additional churches, universities, libraries or even private instructors who lost their homes and their livelihoods due to the tornado.

"The devastation to person and property in our region is unbelievable, with churches, schools and many homes simply demolished," said Richard Deutsch, owner of Piano Kraft. "When there are losses like this, people go to church to pray, and music is a huge support mechanism, because it lifts their spirits and makes them feel better. If these people have been uprooted to a hotel room or school cafeteria, we want to put a piano in there for their use, to help with their morale and healing. The same holds true with our schools, in that we want to get their music programs up and running again, and help our children get back to a sense of normalcy."

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