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Eddie Van Halen donated 75 guitars to low-income schools

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Keeping up his status as one of the nicest guys in rock, it’s emerged that Eddie Van Halen has gifted 75 guitars to schools with low incomes.

According to a report by CNN, Eddie sent the guitars to Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation a while back, who then forwarded them on to schools without the budget to buy ‘non-essential’ items like musical instruments.

Explaining why he made his donation, Eddie said: "My whole life has been music. I could not imagine anything else. It's a must. It has to be taught.

"It was very difficult at first to find a charity that (takes guitars). They all just wanted money."

Fortunately, he found an outlet to honour his pledge via Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation which hands out 1,800 instruments a year to schools without music programs benefitting an estimated 10,000 students.

Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation’s president and CEO Felice Mancini said: "It's the gift that keeps on giving. The kids share the guitars, they learn, they graduate and then the instruments stay in the school."

He continued: "Our goal is to give kids every tool they can possibly have to succeed. Music is the common denominator. You put a kid in a music class and it builds community, communication and they find a place. It's a safe haven.

"Music is such a necessity. It touches people's souls. Music is the universal language to me. It transcends everything."

Earlier this month, Eddie made a terminally ill fan’s dying wishes come true by calling him via FaceTime for an in-depth chat.

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