Little Red Stories
My parents got my a Radio Flyer when I was four. I spent many hours over the years playing on it, playing on it with friends, and pulling my siblings for rides. It provided many hours of fun and enjoyment. As my siblings and I got older, our Radio Flyer was used around the yard to help us with our chores, especially moving heaving things like bricks or dirt around the yard and garden.
Our son was diagnosed with brain cancer at age two. Between the tumor, and chemo he became immobile . One day he saw a red Radio Flyer wagon and wanted a ride. He became so happy when we gave him a ride at the children's hospital we were in. The wagon was the only place he wanted to be for a few months . Not only did this bring such joy to our son during treatment, but it also served many practical uses such as moving our belongings to one floor from another in the hospital, when we would get transferred, but it also helped up take our belongings to and from our vehicle with each hospital stay. Some people may look at a red wagon and think nothing of it , to me, it is a full of special memories , and this is why I cannot look at a red Radio Flyer wagon without smiling .
My sister lived in the country a couple miles from a bar. Law enforcement would seldom patrol the road by her house unless they were called for a wreck or such. That made it a popular back road for patrons of that pub. Inconsiderate people would speed down the gravel road and toss beer bottles and cans out their car windows in the evenings and early mornings. I stayed with my sister to help her out while she underwent chemo treatment. She and her husband had to drive from their home in South Dakota to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota several times. While they were gone, I stayed at their house and took care of their place and their two precious poodles. They left me a list of all the chores that they normally did around their place. One was to load up the poodles and a box of trash bags in their Radio Flyer wagon and go pick up trash in the road ditches. Although I felt a bit silly pulling a wagon with two dogs in it down the road and filling trash bags with garbage, I did it because it was important to my sister and she was important to me. One day a man in a pickup truck stopped and asked where the regular Ditch Witch was. I didn't understand until he explained that Ditch Witch was the name the locals dubbed my sister who had been pulling her wagon and keeping the roadside clean for many years. I told him she was fighting brain cancer. The word got around in the community and the bar down the road organized a big fundraiser BBQ to help with the expense of traveling for treatments. Many people came to support the "Ditch Witch". After 4 years of battling cancer, she passed away last March. She is missed by many. I now have my own home and walk down the country road by my house to pick up trash. I'm very proud to be a Ditch Witch just like my big sis.
Wagons used to give prizes to kids in need. Our non profit used Radio Flyers to pass out beanie babies and other prizes to kids, while explaining how to treat animals well. A win-win situation!
I remember using my little red wagon to transport my stuffed animals around when I was little.
When my two sister's and I were young. We would fill our radio flyer up with pop bottles. We would pull our wagon about a mile to the candy store. Trade in our bottles. We would take turns pulling our radio flyer back home. Enjoying our candy too.
As a volunteer for the Welcome to America Project, we have donated dozens of Radio Flyer wagons to the children of refugee families who have relocated from war torn nations around the globe. These families have nothing but hope when they come to America the Radio Flyers always light up the faces of the little ones! Many have never seen a wagon but quickly find out how to have fun in the desert sun!
I used My Radio Flyer to carry my arc welder & rods & helmet until my kids were born. Then they played with it for many years. Now it's back with my welder on it.
Loved my radio flyer wagon when we had it. The wheels got busted when we used the wagon as a wheelbarrow to replace all of the sod in our yard. We had to replace the sod because we had a chinch bug problem, so the wagon did us good. Now we have a beautiful yard that the children can play in! But we need a new wagon lol.
Manyyears ago when my daughter was in girl scouts, I was the leader and my husband needed the car for work and living a mile from the First Baptist Church in Fresno. I needed to get from home to the church with the craft supplies and materials. The only way to tote was our red flyer wagon. We also used in delivering Girl Scout cookies during cookie time.
When my son was born he had a heart murmer.The doctor said it would most likely go away as he got older.When he turned one we found out it wasn't gonna get better and that it was gonna get worse until the point where he would have open heart surgery.When he turned 8 the condition (Artic Stenosis)had worsened to the point it became critical.He always wanted to play all sports and it was apperent that would probabally never happen.We came in contact with dr.Rosen and dr.MCCONNELL both from Children's hospital in columbus Ohio.They decided to try a new procedure called the Ross procedure.It was very sucessful and Nathanial came through everything like it never happened.While we were at the hospital we decided we were gonna go start a wagon run and raise money to buy new wagons for the hospital.They cost 500 dollars and so far we have raised enough for 7 wagons.With your help we can work together and make sure other children have a ride to and from office visits and to their rooms before sergury.Thank you from Nathanials wagons for a cause.