Touch-a-truck offers hands-on tours for kids

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Summer Lawrence, 6, of Galloway, left, and Jesse Treadwell, 12, of Egg Harbor Township wait for their turn to have their face painted during Family Service Association’s “Touch a Truck” fundraiser held Saturday, Sept. 29 in Egg Harbor Township

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – Almost 30 vehicles were on display and open for hands-on demonstrations during Family Service Association’s inaugural “Touch a Truck” fundraiser held Saturday, Sept. 29 in Egg Harbor Township. The event featured vehicles from fire and police departments, construction and utility companies as well as medical agencies. Kids were able to play games, get their faces painted as well as climb aboard the trucks, push buttons and honk horns and sirens, and honk they did.

The boisterous fun was quieted only for a few moments while Atlantic County Sheriff Frank X. Ballas, his wife Cyndi and their daughter were presented with the 2012 Henry West Leeds Family of the Year Award for the family’s community service throughout the years including support of youth sports, domestic abuse agencies, Boy Scouts, the homeless and the Family Service Association.

 “As a group and individually, you support us 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” association president Cindy Herdman-Ivins told the Ballas family during the award presentation, noting the decision to give the award to the family was unanimous among the nomination committee. “You’ve made us healthy, strong and better, and you bring us together as a community.”

The event, in partnership with Kline Construction, benefited abused and neglected children in Southern New Jersey.

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Dylan Tarapilli, 12, of Mays Landing gets a lift into the Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers Inc. Mobile Medic vehicle, one of many vehicles on display at the Saturday, Sept. 29 “Touch a Truck” fundraiser in Egg Harbor Township. The event benefits the Family Service Association.

Pictured from left are Cyndi Ballas, Atlantic County Sheriff Frank X. Ballas and their daughter as they accept Family Service Association’s 2012 Henry West Leeds Family of the Year Award on Saturday, Sept. 29 at the agency’s fundraiser in Egg Harbor Township.

Children play games during the Family Service Association’s “Touch a Truck” fundraiser held Saturday, Sept. 29 in Egg Harbor Township

A variety of vehicles, including mail trucks, fire trucks, dump trucks and police crime scene investigations, are open for hands-on tours during Family Service Association’s “Touch a Truck” fundraiser held Saturday, Sept. 29 in Egg Harbor Township

A variety of vehicles, including mail trucks, fire trucks, dump trucks and police crime scene investigations, are open for hands-on tours during Family Service Association’s “Touch a Truck” fundraiser held Saturday, Sept. 29 in Egg Harbor Township

Shaun Wynkoop, 6, of Pleasantville stands proud from the control panel of a heavy-duty construction vehicle during Family Service Association’s “Touch a Truck” fundraiser held Saturday, Sept. 29 in Egg Harbor Township


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