Touch-A-Truck offers Salinas kids a great time to help a good cause

Salinas kids got to sit in the big chair — a bunch of them, in fact, at the fifth annual Touch-A-Truck fundraiser Sunday afternoon.

They packed into the Salinas Rodeo grounds to tour, sit in and look through more than 40 public safety, industrial and heavy duty vehicles with their operators on-hand for questions, said Kelli Brown, development director with the event’s organizer Coastal Kids Home Care.

Home Care’s nurses provide regular house calls for children with serious illnesses after they’ve been released from the hospital, Brown said. They also provide children end-of-life care, she said.

Proceeds from the $5 tickets help fund the organization — about 2,500 tickets were sold last year.

For the price, kids and adults get an up-close view of fire engines, dump trucks, law enforcement cruisers, old military trucks and a medical helicopter that landed at the grounds.

The CALSTAR medical helicopter lands at the Touch-A-Truck event Sunday in Salinas. The event allowed kids to get up close to all kinds of work vehicles Joe Szydlowski, The Californian

Every year the program grows with new additions, such as the CALSTAR paramedic helicopter, she said.

“They called us,” she said. “That’s what’s so fantastic about the event. People come with their families and say, ‘I want to bring my truck.'”


The Salinas Californian