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Goodwill Returns Rare Fiddle to Owner

Goodwill recently lived up to its name recently, when the Goodwill of Western Missouri &…

  • January 20, 2018

Goodwill recently lived up to its name recently, when the Goodwill of Western Missouri & Eastern Kansas returned a rare fiddle to its owner after the musical instrument had been mistakenly donated to the organization.

According to recent reports, Goodwill of Western Missouri & Eastern Kansas has been in possession of a rare piece of American cultural history – a fiddle once owned by Country Music Hall of Famer Roy Acuff.

The fiddle, which was handmade by Acuff’s uncle, Evart Acuff, had been donated to Goodwill’s North Oak location, along with documentation that was used to verify its authenticity.

After normal processing of the donated item, the fiddle was placed for auction on shopgoodwill.com on December 27, 2017.

After online bidding commenced, a person claiming to be the rightful owner of the instrument contacted Goodwill.

That person, who wishes to remain anonymous, informed Goodwill that the item was a family heirloom mistakenly donated by a family member.

Upon verification of the instrument’s ownership, Goodwill suspended the online bidding process, removed the fiddle from Goodwill’s items for sale and returned it to the owner.

That was a real show of “good will”. Hopefully this act of goodness will not go unnoticed, and Goodwill of Western Missouri & Eastern Kansas will see an uptick in donations.

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