Family Gives Thanks for Meaningful Radio Flyer Memories

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Family Gives Thanks for Meaningful Radio Flyer Memories

November 22, 2017
posted by Mindy Schanzle

It’s that time of year when we all give thanks and gather with loved ones — not to mention share stories at the Thanksgiving table. As a family-owned company, our hearts are forever warmed by the memories we hear our wagons and other toys helped families create, so we wanted to share one that really caught our attention this season.


Written by Angela V., who lives in the countryside of northwest Iowa, it’s an inspiring, generations-spanning tale about their beloved wagon.


It all started on Angela’s first birthday, when her grandmother gifted her first wooden Radio Flyer wagon. She fondly remembers her mother pulling her around the farm during chore time, as well as taking her on country walks in the evenings. Fast forward five years, and her older siblings took up the task. As the years passed, Angela and her older brother could be spotted in the driveway, using its handle to steer a conspicuously red "race car" — sides removed. Proving its versatility, that very same wagon became Angela’s “cat condo” on wheels, one she outfitted with grass clippings and blankets for comfort.


Now, 31 years after she received it, Angela is the mother of a seven-month-old and 1 ½-year-old. Although she admits her wagon has seen better days, it remains the most played-with toy she owns. That’s why she’s in the process of giving it a full-on refurbishment — new red paint job and all!


Read Angela’s full story here. You can also read one from Anne, a Phoenix resident here, as well as one from the Sutton family, whose many Radio Flyer vehicles — including a Town and Country wagon — have been passed down for generations of family fun.


We want to thank Angela for sharing her family story, and we hope all of you will share memorable stories of your own. Submit your Little Red Story with a simple click.