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“Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, to enter into the places of pain, to share in brokenness..... and anguish. Compassion challenges us to cry out with those in misery, to mourn with those who are lonely, to weep with those in tears….. Compassion means full immersion in the condition of being human.”

-Father Henri Nouwen

 
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Our Story

My name is Andrew Cowling. I am currently a freshman in college. I started Wagons of Hope, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization when I was in 10th grade. We began handing out bottled water and donuts to the homeless in downtown San Diego. We then added blankets, clothing, and toiletries. Today, our focus includes trying to provide some comfort to the homeless who have been diagnosed with terminal illnesses.

 

Our Mission

Wagons of Hope aims to spread our message of hope and compassion. We believe that a single action can make a difference in a person's life, and that collective action can greatly impact the community. Through advocating for the homeless, we want to bring awareness to the suffering and plight of the often ignored and forgotten segment of our society.

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HOW WE HELP

 

SAFE DRINKING WATER

Feeding the Hungry

In 2010, the United Nations passed a resolution making access to safe drinking water a basic human right.

We distribute bottled water to those on the streets of East Village. Most of us take our access to water for granted, but for the homeless, finding clean drinking water is a daily struggle. Imagine yourself outside in the heat all day, 7 days a week, and you are able to drink water only once or twice a day. It's hard to do, but that's what the unsheltered have to endure daily.


We also hand out Dunkin donuts. Unlike water, donuts are not critical, but we hand them out to bring smiles to people's faces. Who doesn't love a donut?

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BLANKETS & WINTER CLOTHING COLLECTION

Help the Homeless Get Through the Night

During the winter, temperatures at night can become very cold, even freezing. Hypothermia can set in at temperatures as high as 50 degrees. Few have access to things like sleeping bags, blankets, hoodies or warm jackets. Picture yourself sleeping on cement every night without a blanket or coat to keep warm. You can help by donating used or new blankets and cold weather clothing. We collect year-round and can pick up at any location.

PROVIDING COMFORT FOR THE TERMINALLY SICK

Giving Hope to Those with None

Many terminally ill homeless are alone without family or friends for support. Wagons of Hope strives to provide some comfort to these suffering individuals, whether it means just listening to them or providing care packages. We also try our best to fulfill any personal requests so that they may be little more comfortable.

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Leadership

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Andrew Cowling

CEO-Founder

Cornell University, Freshman

Randy Cowling, PhD

CFO

UCSD, Asst. Professor of Medicine

Barry Greenberg, MD

CS

UCSD, Director of Advanced Heart Failure

 

Media Center

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CBS News

The Zevely Zone update on Local Teen Helping the Homeless

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KUSI News

How Wagons of Hope Started

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1-on-1 with Wagons of Hope Founder
(Please note that since this interview, the IRS granted Wagons of Hope 501(c)(3) status.)

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CBS News

The Zevely Zone update on Wagons of Hope in 2022 and beyond

 

Wagons of Hope is an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Please consider making a tax deductible donation by using PayPal (wagonsofhope211@gmail.com).

Thank you so much for your generosity!

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