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Old Falls Street's annual 'Touch-a-Truck' family event includes food drive

Fri, Jul 22nd 2016 02:55 pm

Guests asked to 'Stuff-a-Bus' with donations for Community Missions

Fire trucks and cop cars and buses, oh my!

It's time once again for Old Falls Street, USA's, annual "Touch-a-Truck" event. The event is set for noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. It allows children and their families the opportunity to climb aboard a variety of municipal and maintenance vehicles to see how they operate.

"Touch-a-Truck" is held on the middle block of Old Falls Street, USA, in downtown Niagara Falls, and is free and open to the public.

This year's event will once again incorporate the annual "Stuff-a-Bus" food and toiletry drive, benefiting Community Missions of the Niagara Frontier. Guests are asked to bring donations of nonperishable food items and new toiletries with them to place onto a bus, provided by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, which will be driven to Community Missions later that day.

"Old Falls Street, USA, is happy to partner with local law enforcement and other organizations to host 'Touch-a-Truck' for the seventh year in a row," said Spectra's Jason Murgia, general manager of Old Falls Street, USA. "We are, once again, featuring our charitable 'Stuff-a-Bus' food drive and our 'Free Family Fun' programming, which really makes this a community-wide effort."

"Touch-a-Truck" is a concept that is held in many municipalities throughout the country in order to allow children to interact with not only the vehicles themselves, but also the first-responders and street technicians that operate larger-than-life trucks on a daily basis. In addition to the NFTA bus, guests will enjoy interacting with vehicles from the Niagara Falls Police Department and Niagara Falls Fire Department, the City of Niagara Falls, New York State Park's Police, Rural Metro Ambulance, Niagara County Sheriff's Canine Unit, among others (schedule subject to change).

In addition to vehicle interaction, children will be able to enjoy a free bounce house, a book sale benefitting the Friends of the Niagara Falls Public Library, music by D&B Karaoke and DJ, arts and crafts, and Old Falls Street's free interactive games, including "Imagination Playground" and the new "Lego Wall." The "Exercise Like the Animals" program will also be featured from 1-4 p.m. that day.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to the "Stuff-a-Bus" food and toiletry drive prior to this time should call 716-278-2100 or bring items to The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls (101 Old Falls St.) during normal business hours. For more information, visit www.FallsStreet.com or www.facebook.com/oldfallsstreet.

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