Daybreakers’ Touch A Truck event to benefit scholarship endowment

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Members of the Spencer Daybreakers Kiwanis are inviting Spencer-area residents to come on out and “Touch A Truck” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, in the Clay County Fair and Events Center parking lot.

The new freewill donation fundraiser targets kids and families who want to get an up-close look at a variety of trucks and pieces of equipment designed for commercial, public and agriculture uses. To date, approximately 50 businesses have signed on to participate with new vehicles being added. Among the participants, Mercy Air Care is scheduled to bring its helicopter.

“We were talking with (Daybreakers Kiwanis) foundation members about what could be our next project,” said Megan Jones, Daybreakers member. “We did a glow dance for several years and that was very successful. We were looking for something new and this came up.”

Other Daybreakers members suggest the Touch A Truck idea came from Jones.

“We were looking to get a lot of community involvement and we certainly have,” Jones said. “Businesses and entities can bring out their cool work trucks or vehicles, then kids and families can come check them out. ... It’s an opportunity to educate folks about these vehicles, the different features, how to be safe around them. It’s a win-win for both sides.”

The new county road-grader and dump trunk will be among the different modes of transportation represented.

“These are real work trucks,” Jones said. “... Some of these businesses are really excited. City and rural, air and ground — almost any form of transportation.

She added, “Except a boat. I don’t think we have a boat, yet.”

In addition to the freewill donation truck and vehicle show, the Daybreakers’ stand, the K-Cafe, will be offering a freewill brunch.

“An anonymous donor offered $500 to kick things off,” Jones said. “We have a foundation and we have built up an endowment for our scholarship program so it can run long after all of us are gone.”

“I had one mom tell me, this was going to be the greatest day in her son’s life, he’s so excited,” the Kiwanian said.

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