On Saturday, November 12th, the Junior Women’s League of Smithfield (JWL) presented the first annual Touch-A-Truck fundraiser to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Johnston County. Touch-A-Truck was a huge hit with kids of all ages. Big rigs, emergency vehicles, construction equipment and all the other big machines that make kids say “whoa!” were on display in Downtown Smithfield. “Touch-A-Truck represents what the Junior Women’s League is all about – promoting happy, healthy families in our community,” said Brooke Navarro, Touch-A-Truck Committee Chair.
Children had the opportunity to climb in and explore vehicles from local emergency responder agencies and businesses while talking to equipment professionals and learning about these machines and their role in the community. Families enjoyed face painting, bounce houses, guest appearances and more in the True Joy Landscaping Playland.
Eight year old Ella Pilkington from Pine Level said, “Touch-A-Truck was so cool! The best part was the bounce houses, food, and all the really cool trucks. My favorite was the fire truck.”
Nine food trucks were on site to provide guests many savory options for lunch. Around 2,000 people attended JWL’s 1st Touch-A-Truck event in Downtown Smithfield which raised $5,000 for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Johnston County. “JWL is grateful for the support of so many individuals and local businesses that made this event possible.” stated President Jessica Davis.
The Junior Women’s League of Smithfield is a non-profit organization with the mission to promote volunteerism, develop the potential of women and improve the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. JWL’s impact has been significant. To date, the JWL has presented $15,000 in community donations and completed over 1,300 hours of community service. Members continue to volunteer and raise money benefiting six community partnership organizations.