092014 touchtruck13One of the most popular public events of the local kid year returns on September 24, when Monmouth Day Care Center presents the 7th annual Touch-A-Truck event at Red Bank Middle School.

Press release from Monmouth Day Care Center

In the words of Heidi Zaentz, executive director of Monmouth Day Care Center, “Every kid stops and watches when a police car or fire engine races by” — and on Saturday, September 24, kids will receive a rare opportunity to get up-close and hands-on with these hard working vehicles and more, when MDCC hosts its seventh annual Touch-a-Truck “fun-raiser” event.

Scheduled to run “rain or shine” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside the Red Bank Middle School at 101 Harding Road, the popular event also includes crafts, games (activity tickets required) and music. Food vendors will be on site, and a 50-50 raffle will be held.

Ambulances, fire engines, military vehicles, limousines, dump trucks and other construction equipment will be displayed in the Middle School parking lot, where kids will be encouraged to explore the vehicles in a safe environment while the owners and operators are on hand to describe how the vehicles work and what kind of jobs they do.

As Zaentz explains, the event “gives them a chance to get to know these vehicles and the men and women who work with them, while contributing to a good cause,” with all proceeds dedicated to the benefit of the non-profit Monmouth Day Care Center, the facility that has provided an excellent early childhood program to the children of the greater Red Bank community for 47 years.

Serving families seeking quality childcare without regard to race, religion, ethnicity or economic status, MDCC is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and provides a safe, stimulating environment in which children are nurtured and challenged intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically.

Tickets to the 7th annual Touch-A-Truck event are $15 for a family of up to four (includes 5 activity tickets) if purchased in advance, or $20 at the door on day of the event. Take it here for advance tickets and additional information, or (732)741-4313 — and receive an extra activity ticket when you bring a nonperishable food item for another hard-working Red bank nonprofit, Lunch Break.