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Wheelers 4 Wishes

In keeping with trying to bring to the forefront all of the off roading charitable organizations, I bring to you today Wheelers 4 Wishes located in Houston Texas. If you know of any off roading charitable organizations that we haven’t featured yet, please let us know and we will ad it to our list. Please provide the URL with your suggestion. If the site does not have a current website, give us some background information on it and address and we will get it posted.

Here is some information about Wheelers 4 Wishes from the Wheelers 4 Wishes official website:

Wheelers 4 Wishes is an organization, founded in 2001, made up of a group of off-road enthusiasts, dedicated to helping families in need. Each year, several different 4×4 clubs/groups get together with W4W to donate toys, clothing, food, and other necessities to families in the Houston area. Our primary charity benefits the USMC’s Toys for Tots each year.

Wheelers 4 Wishes was started in 2001 by members of TX4WD and TTORA. Which included Jim McDonald, Shannon Brookshire, Jared Brown, and Bruce Boyd. They came up with the idea for an umbrella group of 4×4 enthusiasts to help folks at Christmas time by collecting toys and food as the entry fee. The group was named “Wheelers-4-Wishes“. W4W began having a show and shine beginning in 2001 at the San Jacinto mall in Baytown, TX. Any and all 4×4’s were welcome to participate. In those days the toys were donated to an elementary school in Pasadena that knew the kids needing help at Christmas.

Later, in 2004 our annual event was held at East-Side Honda in Baytown, TX and they met a nice lady involved with a bunch of bikers doing a “toy run” and benefiting Toys for Tots. Jimmy and Shannon went to check out their event and decided to join in. At first, the bikers were a little reluctant to have us involved. Their event had always been a biker thing and they were a little concerned about our plans for RTI ramp, Car Crunch etc…. Now, after many years, we have gained their trust and more importantly, their respect. W4W puts on a professional, quality event and raise a lot of money every year for needy children. For the past several years we have had over 200 4×4’s entered into the show and the numbers are getting larger every year. Toys for Tots has allowed us the opportunity to grow and expand our giving. The USMC has a great system to be sure the toys are distributed to the folks that need them most.

This year (2010) a group of Jeep enthusiasts, Houston Jeep People joined the team to attempt to make the Christmas event the biggest, most successful Wheelers 4 Wishes event to date.

Wheelers 4 Wishes, in conjunction with the Liberty County chapter of Tx4WD, also does an annual toy run parade consisting mainly of 4×4 vehicles but all types of vehicles are welcomed and encouraged to participate. The toys are donated to the Spirit of Sharing (SOS) in Liberty TX. The annual toy run starts in Dayton TX, and ends up at the SOS headquarters in Liberty TX. SOS distributes toys and other needs to children throughout the Liberty county school districts. Even though these toy runs to SOS could be better attended, W4W and Liberty County chapter continues to be the primary contributor to SOS at Christmas due to the generosity of the 4×4 community.

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