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From Fox 5 News

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COLUMBIA, Md. – Here is a follow up to a story we brought you earlier this year. It is the story of a family’s heartache. But they are creating hope for others out of their own loss.

Aaron Reed had an ear for music and a generous heart.

“He was always willing to lend an instrument out,” said his father Brian. “If someone didn’t know how to play an instrument, he got really excited if they wanted to learn how to play.”

Aaron died suddenly last February. He had been living in Buffalo, N.Y. Days later, his dad went to retrieve Aaron’s belongings, including his music equipment.

Brian Reed returned home to Columbia, Md. But someone broke into the van while it was parked in the driveway and stole everything.

Police never solved the crime.

“If anyone has them, drop them off tomorrow,” Brian said. “We’ll take them. No questions asked.”

Aaron’s family has started a foundation.

“The foundation is named after the song Aaron and his friends in Buffalo were working on called ‘Pick Me Up,’” Aaron’s father explained.

They are collecting used instruments.

“We’re going to have them reconditioned and put them in the hands of under resourced kids who wouldn’t have the opportunity to play music,” said Brian.

They will be collecting at Kings Contrivance Village Center in Columbia on Saturday.

“To take a tragedy and try to make something good about it is tremendously therapeutic for our family,” he said.

The foundation’s big drive is this weekend, but they want to keep the instrument donations coming in. In fact, they have teamed up with a business called Music and Arts.

“They’ve opened up their stores in Howard County, Arundel Mills, Ellicott City and Laurel to accept instruments,” said Brian.

They are proud that Aaron’s spirit will live on.

“I have a saying: ‘Eyes forward,’” Brian told us. “Look forward. What happened in the past can change. If it’s negative, it’s just going to be a sea anchor on your leg. So we want to look ahead.”

If you want to donate an instrument or help The Pick Me Up Foundation, you can find all of the information at thepickmeupfoundation.com.

Watch the video here: http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/27454522/md-familys-heartbreak-foundation-music-instruments-those-in-need

From WBAL News Radio 1090 on November 20th

Anne Kramer

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A Howard County father is keeping his son’s memory alive through music.

Aaron Reed died suddenly back in January while in New York. He was 21.

He loved music. His father Brian says the best way to keep his son’s generous spirit alive was to start the foundation to try and help less fortunate kids have the chance to play musical instruments.

Aaron’s family suffered a double loss the day he died.

After coming back home with his prized instruments, the family’s van was broken into and the instruments stolen. Howard County Police never found the instruments. There have been no arrests.

Brian Reed says all the donated instruments will be reconditioned and given to children who can not afford to rent or buy an instrument.

The instrument drive takes place Saturday November 22nd at Kings Contrivance Village Center in Columbia from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Pick Me Up Foundation is working with Music & Arts which is offering drop-off locations in Ellicott City, Arundel Mills, and Laurel for instruments as well.

The Foundation will continue to collect used instruments throughout the year.

You can read the original article from WBAL here:  http://www.wbal.com/article/111024/3/dust-off-the-old-instrument-and-donate

From ABC2News on November 19th

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Aaron Reed passed away suddenly in January

From the Baltimore Sun this morning:

The Baltimore Sun

A Columbia family that endured the death of a son early this year is hoping to extend his musical legacy with a drive to collect instruments for those in need.

The Pick Me Up Foundation, an organization created in memory of Aaron Davis Reed, an aspiring musician who died unexpectedly in January at age 21, is hosting a musical instrument drive Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Kings Contrivance Village Center.

Donated instruments will be repaired and cleaned, and then given to children whose families otherwise could not afford them.

Reed was a 2010 Hammond High School graduate. After his death, his family — parents Brian and Esther Reed and his sister, Julia — worked with others to form the Pick Me Up Foundation, an organization named for an alternative rock song that Aaron Reed had been working on with a group in Boston.

The foundation’s website, thepickmeupfoundation.com, notes that the young artist, who was a founding member of Columbia bands The Runways and New World Commotion, “lived and breathed music.”

His father said Aaron played guitar, piano and drums, and spread his love for music to others.

You can read the full article on the Baltimore Sun website here:  http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/howard/bs-md-ho-musical-collection-20141116-story.html

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We want to give a big thank you to Wendi and Chris for their recent instrument donations. The clarinet and a bass guitar (pictured above) are very much appreciated. Just a reminder that we are having an instrument drive on November 22nd, but you can make you donation anytime.

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The PMU foundation is holding a musical instrument drive, a pic of the flyer is posted below. Feel free to download it and spread the word.
I am also looking for volunteers to help me post the flyer around Columbia, contact me at reedb@umbc.edu if you want to help.

Feel free to print out the flyer and post yourself if you want.

I will be at Kings Contrivance VC handing out the flyer on Saturday, if you want to help me there or go to another VC let me know.

Remember to tell people that I will pick up the instrument at their house if they want (no pianos …)

Our Goal is 100 instruments, all instruments accepted other than pianos

 

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Partnership with Music is Art

Posted: November 2, 2014 in Uncategorized

MIAThe Pick Me Up Foundation is excited to announce our partnership with Music is Art (http://www.musicisart.org).  Music is Art was founded in 2003 by Goo Goo Dolls bassist, Robby Takac with the broad mission of exploring and reshaping music’s cultural, social, and educational impact on communities.  The Pick Me Up Foundation will be supporting MiA’s specific goals of providing musical instruments, equipment and lessons to under resourced children.  For those who had the pleasure of knowing Aaron we can all attest that this is something that was close to his heart.  He was always ready to lend an instrument to someone who needed one, teach others how to play and record music, and genuinely cared about people who “were outside looking in”.  While we grieve daily about not having Aaron in our physical universe we can rest assured that he is looking down at us with a smile, with his hands in his pockets, whistling a tune and hoping that we are “keeping it breezy”

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Brian Reed and Robby Takac from the Goo Goo Dolls

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Brian with some of the MiA Board (Robert, Tracy, Ryan, Brian, Robby and Phil)

Two new videos have been added to our “Videos” page. You can view them here: https://thepickmeupfoundation.com/videos/

Paypal Donations

Posted: September 21, 2014 in Uncategorized
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The PayPal donations page is operational as of today. You can click the donations button on the right side bar or visit the Donations page.