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12/12/08- TYLER

East Texans Give Guitars Away To Replace A Stolen One

  Last night on KLTV 7 News at 10 we told you about Troy Axtems, the man who plays a guitar instead of ringing a bell as he collects money for the Salvation Army. On Tuesday the guitar was stolen outside the Wal-Mart on Troup Highway in Tyler. However, something wonderful has happened since we aired that story Thursday night.  KLTV 7 LaKecia Shockley has the story.

It's a sound made possible by an overwhelming response from East Texans. Troy Axtems is back doing what he does best, playing the guitar with help from East Texans like David Erwin.

"I was reading about it this morning on KLTV.com and thought of all the things that could happen. The thought came to me I have a guitar that's been in my closet for 10 years and hasn't been played in seven or eight and I decided I'd give it to Troy," said Erwin.

Erwin wasn't the only one who donated his guitar to Troy.

"A father and his young daughter came in with their guitar and donated it. It was just really nice to see people doing something positive encountering the negative that happened when my guitar was stolen," said Troy.  

The generosity of East Texans has Troy playing in front of the Wal-Mart again but the giving didn't stop there.

"I'm Dave Mooreland from Sunny 106.5. Our listeners heard about you and they got you a brand new guitar." 

East Texans donated four guitars to Troy.

"People in East Texas have the biggest hearts of anybody in the country and you can always count on them," said Mooreland.

A true testament that East Texan Santas have came to town In the "nick" of time.

 The extra guitars will be donated to Salvation Army's school of music to teach little kids how to strum a tune.

LaKecia Shockley, Reporting lshockley@kltv.com


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