The Red Wagon Project

The Red Wagon Project is a collaborative effort between teens in the community and Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. The project provides support items for Children’s Hospital's patients and their families during their stay. Red Wagon Project Ambassadors are recruited to coordinate donation drives in their schools, churches, community organizations and neighborhoods.

Participate in The Red Wagon Project

  1. Sign up to become a Red Wagon Ambassador. Email friends@vumc.org to get started.
  2. Schedule your donation drive with your school, youth group or organization.
  3. Visit Champ's Toy Chest to identify the hospital’s most urgent needs for the month.
  4. Determine what item(s) you will collect.
  5. Coordinate all communications and promotions of your drive.
  6. Host your donation drive.
  7. Schedule delivery of your donations to the hospital by calling (615) 322-2379 or emailing champstoychest@vanderbilt.edu.
  8. Post a photo of your efforts to the Children's Hospital Facebook page.

To schedule a Red Wagon to appear at your event for collection or promotion purposes, email friends@vumc.org. Availability is based on the existing schedule.

How did The Red Wagon Project begin?

If you walk through the halls of Children’s Hospital Vanderbilt, you’ll likely see a patient or two being transported in a red wagon. When sisters Sara and Erin Puryear saw the red wagons, they came up with the idea of recruiting friends to help fill wagons with toys, gifts and other necessary supplies that would in turn provide an extra touch for those patients and their families during their hospital stay. The Red Wagon Project was born.