An upcoming charity event will offer people the opportunity to build, collect and donate.
Wagons Ho Ho Ho, a charity sponsored by RMD Advertising, is seeking volunteers to help build 200 red wagons that will be filled with food and other items to be donated to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.
Building day is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Mid-Ohio Foodbank facility, 3960 Brookham Drive.
“It’ll be a sight,” said Donn Ditzhazy, managing partner and creative directive at RMD. “All these wagons ready to go to needy families.”
This is the fifth Wagons Ho Ho Ho, which began with 25 wagons but grew each year to 25, 50, 75 and 100, Ditzhazy said.
“That’s a lot of wagons,” he said.
This also is the first year the Wagons Ho Ho Ho is being classified as a qualified 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, Ditzhazy said.
Along with the food, the wagons, Ditzhazy said, will make good holiday gifts for children in need.
“That’s a gift that stays with these kids,” he said. “Every kid should have one big gift under the tree.”
Volunteers can sign up online in three-hour blocks, and they will be served refreshments. All skill levels are invited.
“We’ll have the tools for them,” Ditzhazy said. “We’ll do it like an assembly line.”
To fill the wagons with food, RMD is collecting canned foods and nonperishable food items through Dec. 18 at its offices, 6116 Cleveland Ave. RMD also is working with other companies, businesses and organizations to set up donation boxes, which RMD will deliver and pick up, Ditzhazy said.
Donations also may be made at wagonshohoho.org.
RMD Advertising, Ditzhazy said, is a company that specializes in working with emerging and growing food brands.
“We selected the Mid-Ohio Foodbank for the need out there,” Ditzhazy said. “They have long-reaching fingers out there to help.”
Ditzhazy said this is the season to do something positive and help those in need.
“There’s a great need out there,” he said. “There are a lot of families who struggle.”
For more information about Wagons Ho Ho Ho or to sign up for the Dec. 1 building day, visit wagonshohoho.org or Wagons Ho Ho Ho’s Facebook and Twitter pages.