The McNeese chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia is collecting iPods, chargers and cables to donate to nursing homes in partnership with the national organization Music and Memory. Andrew Fisher, chapter president, places recent donations into the collections box located on campus in the Department of Performing Arts, Room 204 of the Shearman Fine Arts Annex.
The McNeese State University chapter of the men's music fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, has partnered with the national non-profit organization, Music and Memory, to collect iPods, chargers and cables to donate to nursing homes.
Music and Memory is an organization that brings personalized music into the lives of the elderly or infirm through digital music technology, which improves the quality of life, according to Andrew Fisher, McNeese chapter president and senior music education major.
He said studies show the connection of music and memories is a powerful combination. "The donated iPods, which can be in any condition, will be loaded with the nursing home residents' favorite music and presented to them," explained Fisher.
After recently watching a YouTube video about a nursing home patient and the difference music made for him, Fisher decided that combining the purpose of his fraternity with the mission of Music and Memory would "provide a fantastic opportunity to make an impact on the local community."
"This is why we are Sinfonians. This is what we are striving to do everyday," added Fisher.
Donations can be dropped off at three locations: the McNeese Department of Performing Arts office, located in Room 204 of the Shearman Fine Arts Annex; the office of Healthy Image, located at 836 University Drive; and Trinity Baptist Church, located at 1800 Country Club Road. Only new headphones are being collected.
For more information, call Fisher at 496-9278 or visit www.musicandmemory.org.