In Plans for Continued Expansion
Wagons Ho Ho Ho Grows Beyond Ohio and into Michigan with First-Ever Expansion Partner
COLUMBUS, OH (December 20, 2019) – Wagons Ho Ho Ho has embarked on its first expansion effort beyond Central Ohio. The 501(c)(3) non-profit organization is committed to assembling bright, shiny, red wagons filled with Christmas dinner for children and families in dire need during the holiday season – and with the help of Hennessey Engineers, Wagons Ho Ho Ho’s work will now also reach communities in the greater Detroit area, beginning in 2020. Wagons Ho Ho Ho has succeeded in building a philanthropic community in Ohio. Through expansion partners, the 100 percent volunteer-run organization will scale its structure so more communities may experience the passion and love that goes into each annual Build Day event.
With Hennessey Engineers spearheading the effort in future years, and with Detroit as the first expansion city, Wagons Ho Ho Ho offers plenty of room for growth as a beloved charity. While Michigan’s child poverty rate has dropped over five years, hundreds of thousands of children – or one in five – are still living in poverty. This knowledge, paired with the passion of two Detroit natives as the organization’s co-founders, places Southeast Michigan at the top of the list of areas the charity plans to impact.
“Wagons Ho Ho Ho is an incredible organization that not only helps children and families in dire need but also gives those within our community an amazing way to support one another,” shares Joan Hennessey, CPA of Hennessey Engineers. “Detroit is a fiercely passionate city that has so much community love to offer, and we really do feel that Wagons Ho Ho Ho will help it thrive in a new way during the holiday season… and beyond.”
Wagons Ho Ho Ho is what volunteers might refer to as an “overnight success story”. In 2008, it began in a humble effort to build and fill 25 red wagons with enough food to feed a family of four a Christmas dinner. Today, 11 years later, with the extraordinary help of over 700 volunteers and generous donations from community partners, Wagons Ho Ho Ho is able to build and distribute 1,500 red wagons filled with food.
It has been such a special gift to be able to grow Wagons Ho Ho Ho’s awareness and impact in Central Ohio, and it fills our hearts with such joy to be able to do the same in Detroit. Working with Hennessey Engineers this year has made that expansion possible,” shares Sue Reninger, Co-Founder and Present Board Member of Wagons Ho Ho Ho. “There is genuinely nothing like this organization – seeing volunteers come together to build wagons by the sweat of their brows is nothing short of extraordinary. When they sign their names on the bottom of each wagon with a Sharpie, you understand that this organization and our annual Build Day are nothing short of pure love.”
In 2019, Wagons Ho Ho Ho built its first Board Group with the knowledge that the organization had plans for continued expansion. Not only has the board helped to solidify Wagons Ho Ho Ho’s decisions as the charity embarks on expansion plans – such as those with Hennessey Engineers – but it has also brought decades of knowledge to the table. The partnership means Detroit’s families in need, as well as the community at large, will be able to have its very own Wagons Ho Ho Ho experience. Families will receive wagons filled with food for Christmas dinner, and the community will have a one-of-a-kind outlet for charitable giving, as people from all walks of life come together, shoulder to shoulder, to build, fill, and distribute each gift, all on one profound Build Day.
About Wagons Ho Ho Ho
Wagons Ho Ho Ho is a 501c3 charity, founded on the goal of delivering Christmas hope to children and families in need during the holidays. The organization works year-round to fundraise, source and purchase red wagons so that these wagons can be assembled and stuffed with a Christmas dinner, and then delivered to children who otherwise wouldn’t have a Christmas. The wagons are built in just one day by more than 700 volunteers who come together with the hopes of contributing to families in a unique way during the holiday season. Wagons Ho Ho Ho is a 100% volunteer run organization, and 100% of every dollar received by the organization goes towards wagons and food for children and their families. The organization is powered on the belief that every child deserves a Christmas