Welcome to GIFT DAY!
On December 6, 2019, the National Pawnbrokers Association will celebrate it’s 11th annual Gift Day, where pawnbrokers from around the country make generous donations to organizations in need. This year the NPA is asking pawnbrokers to donate to Operation Homefront.
Operation Homefront’s mission is to build strong, stable and secure military families so they can thrive – not simply struggle to get by – in the communities they worked so hard to protect. Your donation will make a real difference in their lives, because 92% of Operation Homefront’s expenditures goes directly toward programs and services for these families. Give whatever you can…every little bit helps.
Donate Gently Used or New Musical Instruments.
NPA members can also donate financial support or new or gently used musical instruments to The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation. The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation donates musical instruments to under-funded schools across the country in an effort to give students the many benefits of music education, help them achieve more in school and inspire creativity and expression through playing music. Hundreds of thousands of students have benefited and thousands of instruments have been donated to 1,505 school music programs across the country.
Share YOUR Stories
This year, the NPA is encouraging members to share their success stories of musical instrument donations and other charitable or community giving events. Please send any photos, stories or testimonials to Margie@NationalPawnbrokers.org. The NPA will publish your donations and events on GiftDay.org!
History of Gift Day
Gift Day began when a small group of pawnbrokers were wondering how they could give something back to their community over the holidays. They looked around their shops and noticed several guitars and other great musical instruments that were collecting dust. The answer seemed simple. By donating those instruments to local schools, veterans hospitals, and local charities, they were filled with the spirit of giving and Gift Day was born.
Gift Day is held on December 6th in celebration of National Pawnbrokers Day, which coincides with St. Nicholas Day. Saint Nicholas of Myra is famed for his generosity to the poor and for his penchant for secretly leaving gifts for people in need. Historians often recount how he saved a poor man’s daughters from being sold into servitude by throwing three bags of gold into the father’s window at night.
St. Nicholas, recognized in America as Santa Claus, was canonized as the Patron Saint of pawnbroking, and his three bags of gold soon became the international symbol of pawnbrokers. In this time of economic hardship, when funding and resources for our students has fallen to an all time low, a positive spirit and a generous heart will bring us together and help forge stronger relationships with the community. With our combined efforts, we can improve the lives of America’s children. We urge you to get involved in this wonderful giving opportunity.