United Way of Fort Smith Area will host its second annual Touch-A-Truck on Wednesday, June 14, at Van Buren High School.
The free child safety and wellness event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Mitzy Little, marketing director for United Way, said the event will provide children of all ages with the opportunity to see, touch and explore life-size vehicles and interact with community support leaders like police officers, firemen, construction workers and military personnel.
“Vehicles you can expect to see include construction and farm equipment, safety and transportation vehicles, motorcycles, emergency vehicles, Life Flight helicopter and military vehicles,” Little said. “The Army National Guard Recruitment and Retention will provide an obstacle course and CASS Job Corp will have their construction equipment simulator.”
In addition to equipment and vehicles, local businesses will provide hot dogs, chips, drinks and popsicles.
“The event also serves an educational value on top of being great entertainment for the kids,” Little said. “There will be several tables set up with literature available on a wide variety of child safety and wellness topics.”
The Van Buren Police Department will provide car seat safety information, Donald W. Reynolds Cancer Support House will provide sun safety tips and Step Up, Speak Out, Hamilton House and the Morgan Nick Foundation will provide child safety information.
“Touch-A-Truck is exclusively designed with children in mind, although, big kids enjoy the experience just as much,” Little said “It’s an event that gives kids an opportunity to see trucks and vehicles up close and from the inside; something they might not otherwise ever have the chance to do. We encourage parents, Boys and Girls Clubs, preschool programs, Mother’s Day Out groups, daycares, church groups, to bring their children out for a great day of fun and learning.”
Vehicles, food items, information and door prizes will be provided by the following:
ABF Freight, Air Evac Lifeteam, American Red Cross, Anytime Fitness, APAC-Central/Arkhola, Arkansas Valley Electric, Army National Guard Recruitment and Retention, Arvest Bank, ATC Towing, Beyond Boundaries, Breeden Dodge, CASS Job Corps Center, Chance 2 Dance, Citizens Bank & Trust, City of Van Buren, Community Dental Clinic, Community Service Clearinghouse, Crawford County Department of Emergency Management, Crawford County Extension Office, Crawford County Road Department, Crawford County Sheriff Department, Cricket Wireless, Domino’s Pizza, Donald W Reynolds Cancer Support House.
Also, Dustin Booth State Farm, Elevate Trampoline Park, First Presbyterian Church - Fort Smith, Fort Chaffee 142nd, Fort Smith Bomb Squad, GCC-Midcontinent Concrete, Generations Bank, Guardian of the Children, Hamilton House, Hogwild Family Fun Center, Holmes Erection Inc., Kids Unlimited, Lions Club, Matt Bodson State Farm, Med Express, Midland Bowl, Monkey House, Morgan Nick Foundation, Morgan Supply, My Cloud Limo, OG&E, Parrot Island Waterpark.
And, Pizza Parlour - Van Buren, Rhodes Chevrolet, River Valley Regional Food Bank, Sebastian County Emergency Management, Southwest EMS, Sparks Health System, Spider Webb John Deere, SSI, Step Up, Speak Out, Time Striping, Turf Pro/Pest Pro, United Federal Credit Union, USA Truck, US Bank, Van Buren Fire Department, Van Buren Police Department, Van Buren School District, Verizon Wireless, Waste Management, Zaxby’s Van Buren and 9/11 Memorial Truck.