Local teen spearheads change with something as simple as a wagon

Local teen spearheads change with something as simple as a wagon

The start of school is quickly approaching. For some, it’s as soon as next week, and many parents have been shopping for new school supplies, backpacks and clothes but not everyone can afford to do that.

That’s where kids in Madison’s Bay Creek neighborhood come in.

Nine years ago, Lily Fowler learned there are people in Madison who have to choose between buying school supplies or food.

That choice didn’t sit well with her.

So she decided to do something about it. She started the “Wagon Drive.”

Fowler, along with kids from the neighborhood, set up wagons in front of Franklin Elementary School and collects school supplies, food, toiletries and home goods, like cleaning supplies and paper products.

In a matter of hours, tables are filled with donations, then sorted and delivered to various organizations and schools that help fill a need that increases year after year.

Lily has spearheaded 10 wagon drives in 9 years.

The number of people she’s helped is countless, and it’s all accomplished with one big heart, four wheels and a handle.