Family fun with a serious purpose


200 attend Saturday’s ‘Touch-A-Truck’

By Charles Warner - cwarner@civitasmedia.com



Charles Warner | The Union Times Ja’Meia King is having fun sitting at the wheel of a Union Public Safety Department patrol vehicle during Saturday’s “Touch-A-Truck” event at the Union County Fairgrounds. She was among the approximately 200 children and adults who turned out for the event which gave those attending the opportunity to see up close emergency and other vehicles. The event was designed to promote public awareness of Child Abuse Prevention Month and how the community can work together to protect children from child abuse.


Charles Warner | The Union Times “Paw Patrol” members fire dog “Marshall” and police dog “Shadow,” pose for a picture with Noah Benjamin Grimes during Saturday’s “Touch-A-Truck” event at the Union County Fairgrounds. Paw Patrol is a animated series for children about a group of six rescue dogs who, under the leadership of a boy named Ryder, work together to protect their community. Marshall and Shadow were at the Fairgrounds Saturday to greet those attending Touch-A-Truck which, under the sponsorship of Union County First Steps, gave the public the opportunity to see up close emergency and other vehicles. The free family event also sought to promote public awareness of Child Abuse Prevention Month and how the community can work together to protect children from child abuse.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Among the items on display at Saturday’s “Touch-A-Truck” event at the Union County Fairgrounds was this gear used by the Union County Rescue Squad Dive Team. Touch-A-Truck gave those in attendance the opportunity to see up close the vehicles and equipment used by emergency response personnel as well other vehicles such as school bus and earth-moving equipment. The event was also designed to promote public awareness of Child Abuse Prevention Month and how the community can work together to protect children from child abuse.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Fire trucks, police patrol cars, a school bus and other vehicles were all part of Saturday’s “Touch-A-Truck” event at the Union County Fairgrounds. Sponsored by Union County First Steps, the event gave the public the opportunity to see up close and explore emergency and other vehicles. The event was also designed to promote public awareness of Child Abuse Prevention Month and how the community can work together to protect children from child abuse.


Charles Warner | The Union Times The Union Public Safety Department ladder truck was among the vehicles on display at Saturday’s “Touch-A-Truck” event at the Union County Fairgrounds. Sponsored by Union County First Steps, the event gave the public the opportunity to see up close and explore emergency and other vehicles. The event was also designed to promote public awareness of Child Abuse Prevention Month and how the community can work together to protect children from child abuse.


Charles Warner | The Union Times While emergency and other vehicles were the main attraction at Saturday’s “Touch-A-Truck” event at the Union County Fairgrounds, there were other offerings as well among them these children’s books. There were also booths with information about the organizations taking part in the event as well as children’s activities. Saturday’s event was also designed to to promote public awareness of Child Abuse Prevention Month and how the community can work together to protect children from child abuse.


Charles Warner | The Union Times This saying by legendary artist Pablo Picasso was part of one of the information/activities booths at Saturday’s “Touch-A-Truck” event at the Union County Fairgrounds. The event gave the public the opportunity to see up close and explore a variety of vehicles including emergency ones, as well as enjoy activities and information provided by other organizations. Saturday’s event was also designed to to promote public awareness of Child Abuse Prevention Month and how the community can work together to protect children from child abuse.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Sisters Emily and Anna Hammitt are having fun sitting the cab of a fire truck during Saturday’s “Touch-A-Truck” event at the Union County Fairgrounds. They were among the approximately 200 children and adults who turned out for the event which gave those attending the opportunity to see up close emergency and other vehicles. The event was designed to promote public awareness of Child Abuse Prevention Month and how the community can work together to protect children from child abuse.


UNION — An event designed to provide a morning of fun for the entire family while also conveying a serious message proved to be a success drawing some 200 adults and children who got to explore fire trucks and other emergency vehicles.

Sponsored by Union County First Steps, “Touch-A-Truck” was held at the Union County Fairgrounds Saturday morning. The event had two purposes, the first one being to provide a morning of free family fun involving vehicles such as a school bus, EMS ambulance, Forestry Commission earth-moving equipment, a patrol car, and, of course, fire trucks. Children attending the event were able to see up close, climb into, and explore these and other vehicles.

In addition to the vehicles outside, there were booths in the fairgrounds buildings that gave children the opportunity to engage in artistic and other activities; parents the opportunity to sign their children and themselves up for door prizes; and for their parents to get information about the organizations taking part in the event and the services they provide for children and their families.

The event also had a more serious purpose in promoting public awareness of Child Prevention Month (April) and the importance of the community working together to fight child abuse. As part of that program of awareness, each child attending received a pinwheel, the symbol for the prevention of child abuse. The pinwheel is also a symbol of the carefree spirit of great childhoods as well as a reminder of the community’s commitment to preventing child abuse.

To further public awareness of the need to fight child abuse, each child attending was also given a bracelet with the words “Protecting Children is Everyone’s Job.”

First Steps Director Laura Wade said that Saturday’s event was a success with everyone attending appearing to enjoy themselves.

“It was a success, ” Wade said Tuesday. “We had probably around 200 people. I think everybody had fun. We had great participation with the trucks and the booths.”

Wade also thanked the organizations that supported and/or took part in Touch-A-Truck.

“First Steps appreciates the sponsors who provided the funds and the door prizes,” Wade said. “We also appreciate all those who participated in the event.”

The organizations that helped make Touch-A-Truck possible and their contributions to its success are:

Cash Donations

State Farm—Brian Tolbert

Lockhart Power

Door Prizes

David Sinclair Automotive

Saving Grace Photography

Bi-Lo

Don’t Quit Get Fit

Books

Save the Children

Cheer for Children Free Library

Information/Activity Booths

Department of Social Services

Union County Carnegie Library

Disabilities and Special Needs Board

Jonesville Head Start

Union County Arts Council

Union County Schools Special Services

Union County First Steps

Vehicles

Buffalo Fire Department

Jonesville Fire Department

Kelly-Kelton Fire Department

Union Public Safety

Union County EMS

Union County School District (Bus)

SC Forestry Commission

RTE trucking

4H Derby cars

For more information about Union County First Steps and the services it provides call Laura Wade at 864-429-1748, Extension 722.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Ja’Meia King is having fun sitting at the wheel of a Union Public Safety Department patrol vehicle during Saturday’s “Touch-A-Truck” event at the Union County Fairgrounds. She was among the approximately 200 children and adults who turned out for the event which gave those attending the opportunity to see up close emergency and other vehicles. The event was designed to promote public awareness of Child Abuse Prevention Month and how the community can work together to protect children from child abuse.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_IMG_0789.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Ja’Meia King is having fun sitting at the wheel of a Union Public Safety Department patrol vehicle during Saturday’s “Touch-A-Truck” event at the Union County Fairgrounds. She was among the approximately 200 children and adults who turned out for the event which gave those attending the opportunity to see up close emergency and other vehicles. The event was designed to promote public awareness of Child Abuse Prevention Month and how the community can work together to protect children from child abuse.

Charles Warner | The Union Times “Paw Patrol” members fire dog “Marshall” and police dog “Shadow,” pose for a picture with Noah Benjamin Grimes during Saturday’s “Touch-A-Truck” event at the Union County Fairgrounds. Paw Patrol is a animated series for children about a group of six rescue dogs who, under the leadership of a boy named Ryder, work together to protect their community. Marshall and Shadow were at the Fairgrounds Saturday to greet those attending Touch-A-Truck which, under the sponsorship of Union County First Steps, gave the public the opportunity to see up close emergency and other vehicles. The free family event also sought to promote public awareness of Child Abuse Prevention Month and how the community can work together to protect children from child abuse.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_IMG_0791.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times “Paw Patrol” members fire dog “Marshall” and police dog “Shadow,” pose for a picture with Noah Benjamin Grimes during Saturday’s “Touch-A-Truck” event at the Union County Fairgrounds. Paw Patrol is a animated series for children about a group of six rescue dogs who, under the leadership of a boy named Ryder, work together to protect their community. Marshall and Shadow were at the Fairgrounds Saturday to greet those attending Touch-A-Truck which, under the sponsorship of Union County First Steps, gave the public the opportunity to see up close emergency and other vehicles. The free family event also sought to promote public awareness of Child Abuse Prevention Month and how the community can work together to protect children from child abuse.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Among the items on display at Saturday’s “Touch-A-Truck” event at the Union County Fairgrounds was this gear used by the Union County Rescue Squad Dive Team. Touch-A-Truck gave those in attendance the opportunity to see up close the vehicles and equipment used by emergency response personnel as well other vehicles such as school bus and earth-moving equipment. The event was also designed to promote public awareness of Child Abuse Prevention Month and how the community can work together to protect children from child abuse.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_IMG_0793.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Among the items on display at Saturday’s “Touch-A-Truck” event at the Union County Fairgrounds was this gear used by the Union County Rescue Squad Dive Team. Touch-A-Truck gave those in attendance the opportunity to see up close the vehicles and equipment used by emergency response personnel as well other vehicles such as school bus and earth-moving equipment. The event was also designed to promote public awareness of Child Abuse Prevention Month and how the community can work together to protect children from child abuse.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Fire trucks, police patrol cars, a school bus and other vehicles were all part of Saturday’s “Touch-A-Truck” event at the Union County Fairgrounds. Sponsored by Union County First Steps, the event gave the public the opportunity to see up close and explore emergency and other vehicles. The event was also designed to promote public awareness of Child Abuse Prevention Month and how the community can work together to protect children from child abuse.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_IMG_0800.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Fire trucks, police patrol cars, a school bus and other vehicles were all part of Saturday’s “Touch-A-Truck” event at the Union County Fairgrounds. Sponsored by Union County First Steps, the event gave the public the opportunity to see up close and explore emergency and other vehicles. The event was also designed to promote public awareness of Child Abuse Prevention Month and how the community can work together to protect children from child abuse.

Charles Warner | The Union Times The Union Public Safety Department ladder truck was among the vehicles on display at Saturday’s “Touch-A-Truck” event at the Union County Fairgrounds. Sponsored by Union County First Steps, the event gave the public the opportunity to see up close and explore emergency and other vehicles. The event was also designed to promote public awareness of Child Abuse Prevention Month and how the community can work together to protect children from child abuse.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_IMG_0801.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times The Union Public Safety Department ladder truck was among the vehicles on display at Saturday’s “Touch-A-Truck” event at the Union County Fairgrounds. Sponsored by Union County First Steps, the event gave the public the opportunity to see up close and explore emergency and other vehicles. The event was also designed to promote public awareness of Child Abuse Prevention Month and how the community can work together to protect children from child abuse.

Charles Warner | The Union Times While emergency and other vehicles were the main attraction at Saturday’s “Touch-A-Truck” event at the Union County Fairgrounds, there were other offerings as well among them these children’s books. There were also booths with information about the organizations taking part in the event as well as children’s activities. Saturday’s event was also designed to to promote public awareness of Child Abuse Prevention Month and how the community can work together to protect children from child abuse.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_IMG_0805.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times While emergency and other vehicles were the main attraction at Saturday’s “Touch-A-Truck” event at the Union County Fairgrounds, there were other offerings as well among them these children’s books. There were also booths with information about the organizations taking part in the event as well as children’s activities. Saturday’s event was also designed to to promote public awareness of Child Abuse Prevention Month and how the community can work together to protect children from child abuse.

Charles Warner | The Union Times This saying by legendary artist Pablo Picasso was part of one of the information/activities booths at Saturday’s “Touch-A-Truck” event at the Union County Fairgrounds. The event gave the public the opportunity to see up close and explore a variety of vehicles including emergency ones, as well as enjoy activities and information provided by other organizations. Saturday’s event was also designed to to promote public awareness of Child Abuse Prevention Month and how the community can work together to protect children from child abuse.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_IMG_0806.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times This saying by legendary artist Pablo Picasso was part of one of the information/activities booths at Saturday’s “Touch-A-Truck” event at the Union County Fairgrounds. The event gave the public the opportunity to see up close and explore a variety of vehicles including emergency ones, as well as enjoy activities and information provided by other organizations. Saturday’s event was also designed to to promote public awareness of Child Abuse Prevention Month and how the community can work together to protect children from child abuse.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Sisters Emily and Anna Hammitt are having fun sitting the cab of a fire truck during Saturday’s “Touch-A-Truck” event at the Union County Fairgrounds. They were among the approximately 200 children and adults who turned out for the event which gave those attending the opportunity to see up close emergency and other vehicles. The event was designed to promote public awareness of Child Abuse Prevention Month and how the community can work together to protect children from child abuse.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_IMG_0795.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Sisters Emily and Anna Hammitt are having fun sitting the cab of a fire truck during Saturday’s “Touch-A-Truck” event at the Union County Fairgrounds. They were among the approximately 200 children and adults who turned out for the event which gave those attending the opportunity to see up close emergency and other vehicles. The event was designed to promote public awareness of Child Abuse Prevention Month and how the community can work together to protect children from child abuse.
200 attend Saturday’s ‘Touch-A-Truck’

By Charles Warner

cwarner@civitasmedia.com

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

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