The sounds of sirens, flashlights, and the sight of Batman and his Batmobile compelled many children who attended the Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC) Pediatric Guild’s Touch-a-Truck event held at Spartan Stadium Saturday.
Danielle Houghton, president of the SOMC Pediatric Guild, said the purpose of Touch-a-Truck is to raise funds for the Guild.
“We have Touch-a-Truck going on here today. We are raising money for the Southern Ohio Medical Center Pediatric Guild,” Houghton said. “We’ve got all kinds of local vendors, trucks, police cars, food trucks, and of course Batman here to entertain the kids, and to also raise money for the Guild.”
Children stood with their parents waiting patiently in line to take a picture with the star of the event, none other than Batman dressed in full garb accompanied by his famous Batmobile.
The funds are applied to various needs in Maternity and Pediatric Departments at SOMC, according to Houghton.
“We donate money to the Maternity and Pediatric Departments for non-medical purposes, as we buy things like Ipods for the nursery, babies who are being weaned from drug addiction. We purchase sleep sacks for parents who can’t afford them, and care packages for parents leaving Maternity, who are possibly in need,” Houghton said.
Vehicles from the Portsmouth Police Department, Scioto County Sheriff’s Department, a helicopter from Air Evac Life Team 97, The Honey Pot van, is an abbreviated listing of the vehicles children got to encounter first hand.
Nikki Adkins brought her two year old son Conner Adkins to Touch-a-Truck, along with David Walker, and Jean Slone.
“This event is a great way to bring the community together, our kids around here need a little something to do, and they don’t have many opportunities around here to do something fun, Conner loved every second of it,” Nikki Adkins said.
When asked by The Daily Times what was his very truck that he saw at the event, two-year old Conner ? responded with excitement, “The brown truck.” Conner Adkins said.
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