Eight years ago, RMD wanted to give our clients a holiday gift that would stand out from the typical corporate gift. So they took the money earmarked for client gifts and bought 25 red wagons, filled each with food and gave them to needy families in Columbus.
We called this charity Wagons Ho Ho Ho. We’ve grown from that simple first year to building 800 wagons and coordinated a food drive that collected more than 2,000 pounds of food for Mid-Ohio Food Bank in 2014. And it continues! This year we will be again be building big and distributing 800 sturdy red wagons plus filling each one with a Christmas dinner. It all happens on one day – December 5th.
We’re proud of this accomplishment. We realize that providing a gift and a meal on Christmas is important. But what is really important to us is what this wagon represents to a child … hope. To show the child that there is someone out who cares about them during the biggest holiday of the year.
As you know, the look of the needy has changed. 1 in 6 in Ohio experience food insecurity – meaning, they don’t know where their next meal will come from. These are your neighbors and your co-workers. Sometimes, it’s a matter of not having enough food one day a week. Or having to choose from buying food and getting medicine for a sick child. If they are struggling to buy food, how can they buy Christmas gifts for their children?
Wagons Ho Ho Ho has 2 lingering needs this year:
- Food Drive. We are looking for individuals and groups to hold a Christmas Dinner food drive. The hope is to fill each wagon with all the ingredients for a Christmas dinner.
- Donations. Wagons is a all volunteer charity. All money raised goes to buy wagons or food for the wagons. There maybe corporate sponsorships or matching programs and of course individuals that may want to make a tax deductible donation as well.
Donn’s passion for food began while growing up in the culturally diverse city of Detroit. Experiencing the wonderful flavors of the city taught him that there’s more to life than the same old same old. Today, Donn takes that same approach with the creative direction of the agency.