About Wonderland Express
The sole purpose of the Wonderland Express event is to provide approx. 100 vulnerable children and families with a memorable holiday experience filled with fun and laughter. At each of the past events, we have hosted up to 400 individuals (children and their families) who are selected through the Family Access Network (FAN).
In 2021, we will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of Wonderland Express
Wonderland Express is a magical afternoon of family fun for Kids and their Families. To create this Christmas experience, a cadre of dedicated volunteers shop for toys and winter clothing all through the year. The organizing committee, made up of many volunteers who have been with the event since its inception, meet with increasing frequency as the event draws near.
For most of these children, this will be their only holiday experience. Our hope is that these families, for at least one day a year, can put aside the stress and concerns of everyday life and share the wonder and magic of the season with their loved ones.
On the day of the Wonderland Express event, families are welcomed by special volunteer characters and volunteer hosts, and are treated to a festive Holiday Banquet in a beautiful setting at the Homestead Ballroom at Sunriver Resort.
In the past, activities have included a professional family photo session (photos sent home with the families), a holiday craft corner, Build-a-Stuffed-Animal, a magic show, hay rides, visits with the Sunriver Fire and Police Departments, an ice cream sundae bar, and culminates with a visit from Mr. & Mrs. Claus — each child received a stuffed stocking with age-appropriate treats.
Each family leaves the event with a framed family portrait, a gift card for groceries for a special holiday meal, wrapped present for the children, warm winter gloves, hats and scarves, and memories that will last a lifetime.
Multiple ways you can contribute:
- Start a Workplace Campaign
- Become a Volunteer
- Become a Partner
Wonderland Express is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations are tax deductible (Tax ID# 20-0036466). 100% of funds raised go directly toward the event.
Stories from Happy Families
Sparkling EyesIt was the most creative event I have ever seen. My grandchildren were beyond happy. Their eyes sparkled. I have to say that I was very teary-eyed watching the excitement in these grandchildren of mine's eyes. Their Dad could not be there because he had to work and I was blessed to be able to go with them. They were so excited and had so much fun. The best part for them was picking out a present for Dad. When they got home, they put it all under the tree and told Dad he could not peek. Thank you with all my heart. I, as an adult, will always remember what light you brought to our lives with this great event. If you do this next year, I would love to come back and donate my time.Happy Guest
Creating OpportunitiesWe have never had the opportunity to get a family photo with all of us and that was extremely special. My husband lost his job and we had no way to get groceries and we started crying when we saw the gift card. That was the biggest blessing! Thank you all!!!Happy Guest