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Netflix, Amazon projects donate to Wave Transit’s foundation after filming at bus stations

Netflix and Amazon film projects scouted the Wave Transit stations for shoots. Each donated to the bus system’s foundation. (Port City Daily photo/Alexandria Sands Williams)

WILMINGTON — Netflix and Amazon film projects recently scouted Wave Transit stations for shoots and left the bus system with donations for its charitable foundation.

Forden and Padgett stations, the transit system’s two centers, are likely to be recognized in each production. Amazon’s series “The Summer I Turned Pretty” shot at the Padgett Station on North 3rd Street on Aug. 19 and 30. Netflix’s series “Florida Man” filmed at Forden Station on Cando Street on Aug. 31.

The contributions, totaling $4,500, will benefit the Making Waves Foundation, a private nonprofit Wave Transit established in 2011. The organization gives nonprofits transportation fare subsidies to distribute to passengers in need and break down transportation barriers.

Donations will cover more than 4,000 trips. Eight local nonprofit organizations will administer the subsidies.

In October, the board granted transportation subsidy requests for Coastal Horizons Center, First Fruit Ministries, Good Shepherd Center, Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, Salvation Army, Sister Isaac Center, StepUp Wilmington and The Tides.

The foundation awards its grants quarterly. Since February 2012, when the first grants were allocated, the nonprofit has distributed 124 awards and given away 34,744 transportation passes, a $118,000 value.

After a break in 2020 due to Covid-19, the foundation is back up and running with three new board members. Over the summer, demand for assistance increased and foundation activities resumed in July. The foundation is actively accepting applications from groups whose clientele could benefit from fare subsidies for the next round of grants. The board will review applications in December 2022.

Anyone can donate or apply for funding on the Making Waves Foundation website.

“If you are also wanting to provide critical transportation funding to our neighbors in need, no donation amount is too small,” a press release from Wave Transit noted. “Just $4 can fund one round-trip for a Wave Transit passenger. That one free trip can make all the difference when needing to access medical care, go to a job interview, meet with your caseworker, or connect with family and friends.”

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Alexandria Sands
Alexandria Sands
Alexandria Sands is a journalist covering New Hanover County and education. Before Port City Daily, she reported for the award-winning State Port Pilot in Southport. She graduated from UNC Charlotte and wrote for several Charlotte publications while there. When not writing, Williams is most likely in the gym, reading or spending time with her Golden Pyrenees. Reach her at or on Twitter @alexsands_

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