Prairie Village Eagle Scout candidate looking for guitars to donate to vets

Bhavish Dinikar got a chance to ask the crowd at the Prairie Village Jazz Fest for help with his Eagle Scout project finding guitars to donate to Warrior Cry.
Bhavish Dinakar got a chance to ask the crowd at the Prairie Village Jazz Fest for help with his Eagle Scout project finding guitars to donate to Warrior Cry.

Music is a big part of SM East junior Bhavish Dinakar’s life. He and his brother are violin virtuosos, and at various points in his young life he’s played the flute, oboe, tenor sax and jazz piano.

So when it came time to select a project for his Eagle Scout project with Boy Scout Troop 381, something dealing with music seemed a natural choice. After hearing about the organization from a scout leader, Dinakar decided to try to get 20 guitars to donate to the group “Warrior Cry,” which provides free instruments and lessons to veterans.

“After the experience of war, many soldiers come back with PTSD and other issues,” he said. “Playing guitar helps them through music therapy, or if they’ve had their hands damaged in war, it can help them learn to reuse their hands.”

So far, Dinakar has collected 12 instruments. He’s hoping to hit at least 20 by Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

“The thought is that music is so healing,” he said. “I like the idea of spreading joy through music.”

Dinakar said the Warrior Cry group will accept guitars in any condition — they have staff that can refurbish almost any instrument.

If you have an old guitar that you’d like to donate, email Dinakar here.