Touch-a-Truck raises money for Ingham County parks

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By Maleah Egelston

Ingham County Chronicle staff writer

A teenage boy uses a paintbrush and red paint to decorate a truck

A teen paints a pickup donated by Shroyer auto parts.

At the second annual Touch-A-Truck fundraiser children had the opportunity to see, sit in and even operate vehicles of all shapes and sizes.

The event, held Sept. 21 at Hawk Island County Park in Lansing, was put on by the Friends of Ingham County Parks to raise money for improvements.

Companies and organizations from around the county including Meijer, Delhi Township Fire and Consumers Energy supplied the vehicles for Touch-A-Truck.

Representatives from the companies were on site to help children view, try out and learn all about their vehicles.

In addition, animal demonstrations from the Potter Park Zoo, a bounce house and a corn maze were set up.Karen Fraser, director of development for the Friends of Ingham County Parks, said that Touch-A-Truck’s purpose was to offset some of the recent funding decreases for the parks.

“In an effort to keep valuable programs in place, the friends have stepped in to help,” Fraser said. Each year the Friends of Ingham County Parks put on at least three events to raise money for the parks, Fraser said.

Past events have raised funds for playgrounds, sidewalks and land.

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