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


Fri, Jul 28th 2017 08:05 am
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, from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12. The afternoon 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, benefitting 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 eighth 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 communitywide 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 who 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 and fire departments, the City of Niagara Falls, New York State Park's Police, Rural Metro Ambulance and Niagara County Sheriff's Office canine unit, among others (schedule subject to change).
In addition to vehicle interaction, children will be able to enjoy a free bounce house, arts and crafts, and Old Falls Street's free interactive games. The "Exercise Like the Animals" program will be featured that day. Guests will also enjoy additional programming on the park block, featuring the live music by the Joe Webber Duo, from noon to 2 p.m., and the Gourm-Asian Bistro food truck among other daily food vendors.
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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