Little Red Stories
It's hard to remember a time in my life when I haven't had a Radio Flyer wagon, beginning fifty years ago with my brother and I racing down the hill by our house, in the wagon he received from Santa. I remember my best friend and I delivering cookies, thirty years later my own daughter delivering cookies, all in a Radio Flyer red wagon. One of my favorite and most bittersweet memories is of my children placing their handicapped cousin and their dog in his red wagon and taking him for a ride around the neighborhood. My nephew became handicapped at the age of two after a horrible accident, as a result of his accident he is unable to see or walk. He was in the hospital for 5 months, we visited him almost daily, my children ate their meals at the hospital cafeteria and did their homework in the hospital play room. My own children were 5 and 9 at the time. Seeing the gentleness they displayed towards their cousin and wanting to include him in their play time was truly a heart touching moment that I will never forget.
My parents have purchased a radio flyer wagon an tricycle every year for at least the last 25 years to donate to our local crisis center....the families really enjoy them that get them...the crises center is very much a great organization that can benefit from things that radio flyer makes an they appreciate everything that gets donated to them...
Before our wagon was stolen,we hope they needed it desperately. We used it for a variety of giving back from transporting foodbank food from our local pantry to the neighborhood home bound families EVERY WEEK for 2 years, to carrying sack lunches to those living under the bridges of Pierce county. It carried my toddlers across the Relay for Life finish line 5 years in a row AND carried the raffle baskets that raised a combined 4,000$ in those same years. It carried Christmas and Easter and Birthday presents to low income kiddos. AND helped create countless memories for my family.
I would love to win wagons for Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis My daughter went there when she was little. She is a double amputee and they have red wagons to pull the kids around and they are a lifesaver. Now my grandson goes to Riley and we use the red wagons when he is a patient. We have had many friends that go there and the kids love being pulled in the red wagons so I would love to donate wagons to Riley. Thanks for the amazing contes❤️
My friends son is fighting Crohn’s disease and he has to go to Children’s Hospital for treatment. Just a few weeks ago he decided to wanted to raise $150 to donate 2 wagons to the hospital. If he could win this and be able to donate a lot more this would make his day so much brighter. Even though all he has been through he has maintained excellent grades in school and still keeps a smile on his face. He has this and nothing is gonna stop him.
My dad would scour garage sales and flea markets for used, rusty, beat up Radio Flyer wagons. He would bring them all home and we would get started. You see we ran a preschool with many low income or single parent families. These families were struggling to make ends meet, let alone afford a wagon for their kids. So we started collecting old ones and bringing them back to life. Our "new" wagons were used for injured kids in casts, disabled dogs, and for bringing big smiles to lots of families. My dad and I bonded over the wagons, as did the families who got them!
When i taught school, the children always would forget the lunches in the classroom. To solve that problem, one of my classroom dads redid his son’s wooden Radio Flyer wagon and donated it to the classroom. So for 18+ years that wonderful red wagon became our place to put students’ lunches when they entered the classroom in the morning. Then the “wagon master” would take it to the lunch room so all would have their food. I still have the wagon. It has gone through being played with by grandchildren, hauling garden items and groceries, pulling balls and play equipment around, etc. It has been refurbished another couple of times and is still going strong! LOVE THAT WAGON!