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Touch-A-Truck brings fun, raises money for brain safety awareness

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    Gray Fire Department’s Sparky the Fire Dog, roaming the grounds and greeting children of all ages during Touch-A-Truck.
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    Children enjoy climbing on construction equipment at the Touch-A-Truck event.

The third annual Touch-A-Truck took place last weekend in front of the Jones County Sheriff’s Department with the goal of a day of enjoyment for children while raising money for brain safety awareness.

Fay Mathews, president of the Pilot Club of Jones County, said she was excited to help with the Sept. 12 event and to see all who attended. She said everyone was helping for a good cause.

“The Jones County Sheriff’s Office and the Pilot Club of Jones County sponsor this Touch-A-Truck event,” she said. “It’s a good fundraiser for brain awareness for the Pilot Club, and it’s a great event for everyone to come to. We have many different vehicles for children to sit in and touch.”

She said the event gives children a chance to become familiar with law enforcement and different services within the community. She added that the event brings people together.

“We collaborated together with the Sheriff’s Office for the purpose of the Pilot Club raising this money for brain awareness. We do puppet shows in the schools to teach about brain safety. We use the money to buy helmets for the children at the pre-K,” Mathews said.

The president said brain safety, bicycle safety and pool safety are all important for the community to know. She said they also work with the sheriff’s office to buy tracking bracelets for seniors with Alzehimer’s.

“It’s so important for children to protect their brains because they only get one,” Mathews said. “We want them to know how to take care of their brain, and we talk to them about different scenarios. We want them to know you can’t always repair your brain.”

Jones County Sheriff Butch Reece said there’s no better place to hold the event than on the grounds of the sheriff’s office. He said it is a safe location and people can stay cooler under the trees.

“We enjoy getting together with the ladies of the pilot club to host this event. Here at the sheriff’s office, we like seeing the smiling faces of all these kids coming out to see the different vehicles,” he said.

Mathews said they had school buses, antique cars, police cars, fire trucks, construction trucks, service trucks, and more at the event. She said people also had a chance to indulge in hamburgers, hotdogs, chips, cookies, and cake.

The Pilot Club of Jones County has been around since 1973, doing their best to make a difference with brain safety. Mathews said she hopes everyone had a great time at the Touch-A-Truck event.

“I like to see the children get excited at all the cars and big equipment,” she said. “The community coming together is great since we have been all stuck inside. It’s a community event that is fun for all ages.”