How the Wrangler Helped Provide 3,000 Meals
CAN I tell you a story about one of the coolest Wrangler replicas ever made (sorry, I couldn’t help myself from using a pun)? The people over at Jeep recently teamed up with an organization to honor Canada and help out a worthy charity.
How did they go about doing this cause? They had a group of teens design a new Jeep vehicle. However, you likely won’t find this SUV sitting on a used Jeep Wrangler lot. More likely, you may see parts of the “vehicle” handed out at your local soup kitchen. Confused? Keep reading to learn more.
In honor of Canada Day (which was on the first of July), Jeep designed a Wrangler made entirely of cans. The 12-hour project was undertaken by a group of 12-18 year olds, and their work was shown at Vancouver’s Canada Place waterfront throughout the duration of the holiday’s festivities. The public was allowed to take a “ride” in the Wrangler, with the hope that they’d share their #JeepCanselfie on social media.
Jeep teamed up with Canstruction Inc., a charity foundation focused on “fighting hunger and poverty, [serving] the community, and [promoting] science, technology, engineering and math,” as Noah Joseph of AutoBlog.com explains. When the Wrangler is finally removed from it’s Canada Place location, the organization will help dismantle the project. The 4,500 cans of food will then be used to provide an estimated 3,120 meals through the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society.
“This unique Canada Day Canstruction project not only serves as a tool to raise awareness for issues of hunger and poverty in our country, it also demonstrates to the students involved how critical – and fun – subjects like science, technology, engineering and math can be,” FCA Canada (formerly Chrysler Canada) President and CEO Reid Bigland said in a statement. “This project also provides a wonderful opportunity for us to give back to a community that has helped drive FCA’s success in Canada.”
As Bigland also noted, the FCA is currently the top-selling automaker in British Columbia, and the Jeep Wrangler is the best-selling small SUV in the country. Now we know how they zeroed in on that particular model!
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen FCA Canada and Canstruction join together, as the groups constructed a “canny” Dodge Grand Caravan to celebrate the van’s 30th anniversary. That 30,000-can design ultimately led to the distribution of 2,000 food baskets via the Daily Bread Food Bank. There’s no doubt that this is certainly a fun and worthy cause.
As mentioned earlier, you won’t find this replica vehicle on any car lots (especially since it’s been dissembled). The idea’s clearly brilliant, however, and visiting your local Jeep dealership (like, for instance, The Faricy Boys in Colorado Springs, Colorado) may inspire you to construct your own creation!