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Yamaha has donated two YPG235 keyboards to Mercy Ships, an organization that sails a modern floating hospital directly to the people who do not have access to area hospitals or similar medical services.

The organization stops in nearly 600 ports around the world and has performed more than 84,000 lifesaving and life-altering surgeries.

“When I learned about this group and the amazing work they do, I knew that we had to do something to help them with their program,” said David Jewell, marketing communications manager of the Customer Sales & Marketing Group, Yamaha Corporation of America.

Yamaha donated the two YPG235 keyboards to be used in a fully accredited ship-board classroom for the 50 children of the crew who are often out to sea for up to 10 months at a time.

“The kids attend classes all week, and now music education has been added to their curriculum, something Yamaha has always strongly supported,” he added.  

When Jewell went to the shipping department to deliver the instruments, one of the warehouse workers noted, “Oh, my! I just saw something about this group on television. I can’t believe that I am helping to do this—it makes me feel really good about working at Yamaha.”

“Mercy Ships is doing such great work,” Jewell explained. “Yamaha is happy to continue its support of music education and aid in these patients’ recoveries.”

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