CRS Mission, Music to Her Ears

When Anne DiSanto searches for her next good deed, the 47-year-old mother of two says that she relies on her faith to point her in the right direction.

Music mission

Singer, composer Anne DiSanto in her private recording studio. DiSanto has used music to raise money for CRS. Photo by CRS staff

About five years ago, the pianist and choir director from South Easton, Mass. was led to help Catholic Relief Services.   DiSanto has sold about 60 antique music instruments and other collector’s items on Ebay’s charitable site, MissionFish, to benefit CRS’ work overseas.

“I kind of find a mission and grab on to it,” she says. “God kind of opens a window and says ‘hey, can you come, help out over here?'”

DiSanto said that she became familiar with CRS’ work through our regular e-mail alerts and brochures that she receives in the mail.

As the former owner of a music school and a career composer, DiSanto didn’t have to look far for a way to give. A “fancy” Ludwig drum set from 1928 and signed recordings of opera star, Leontyne Price, were just a few prized possessions that she sold to benefit CRS.

“You do come across used stuff. A lot of it I saved for my personal collection. But now we’re simplifying and you can’t keep things forever,” she says, noting that online buyers feel good about their purchase.

“Sometimes they say that they brought mine over someone else’s because they knew a percentage was going to something good. They also know what a good charitable organization [CRS] is.”

In addition to her charity, the church choir director has a long resume of musical accomplishments that range from composing an anthem for John Pope II in 1999 to providing music therapy to seniors with Alzheimer’s.

As she sets out to impact a world in need, DiSanto says that her heart is naturally attuned to suffering children, disasters in Asia and issues affecting Africa. 

“I can trust in that CRS knows where it’s needed more,” she says. “The music has done well by me over the years. This is my way of giving back.”

To find out more about how to support the work of CRS through Ebay, go to Ebay Giving Works.

– Kai T. Hill

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