LAKE CITY — The Lake City Community Mother of Preschoolers (MOPS) is hosting their annual Touch A Truck fundraiser on Saturday, June 18th.
The event will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Missaukee County Road Commission
“This is our sixth time,” said Lacie Hejnal, the outgoing events coordinator. “And we collect literally every type of vehicle we can get our hands on.”
Since her organization was founded eight years ago, Hejnal said MOPS came up with the idea for the event to raise funds. Though it’s free to the public, she said people are welcome to donate and support MOPS.
Hejnal said they use the money primarily to help mothers in their group.
“If there is a situation with one of our mothers, we will draw from this pool of money to help with any needs she may have,” Hejnal said.
At the Touch A Truck event, Hejnal said they will have a variety of vehicles including emergency vehicles, farm equipment, construction equipment, logging trucks and more.
At each vehicle, Hejnal said, the drivers will be there to educate the kids about it and allow them to interact with it. The drivers also give out sweets and small prizes.
With over 30 vehicles and 50 drivers available, the event is always a great time for the community, according to Hejnal.
“It’s really fun to see an event like this in our community just because there aren’t that many,” she said.
“There’s a really unique energy there.”
As well as the return of some racing cars, Hejnal said they will also have a new mobile medical examination car from the Ministry of Transport.
As Hejnal coordinated the event for the last time, new coordinator Amanda Pearson said she was looking forward to seeing the excitement from the riders and the children.
“I don’t know who’s more excited, the kids or the people who volunteer their time with the trucks,” Pearson said. “The guys just go into it and say, ‘Yeah, you can blow the horn as many times as you want.'”
“So I’m just excited to see the interaction between kids and the people in our community who are volunteering their time.”
Coordinating her most recent Touch A Truck event, Hejnal said she’s enjoyed seeing the event grow over the years. Hejnal also said she is grateful to the sponsors and community for supporting the event over the years.
“We are very grateful to them because we couldn’t do it for free without them,” said Hejnal.