DALLAS — On a recent Wednesday, evening dozens of children arrived at Chick-fil-A on the campus of Misericordia University for a “Touch a Truck” event that found them playing, climbing and enjoying a bite to eat.
Ayden Trevaskis, 12, enjoyed every aspect of the summer evening from spending time with his family to learning the difference between types of fire trucks to selecting an item from the menu.
To Franklin Township Fire Chief Robert Kile, the opportunity to explain how fire trucks work to Ayden and other youngsters was a valuable opportunity to help children understand that fire fighters are friends.
“Often, we meet children at the worst moments, in the midst of a fire,” Kile said. “When we get to talk to them in a fun setting, it changes their perspective of what fire fighters are like.”
The event, sponsored by Metz Culinary Management, provided free meals for youngsters, with parents purchasing their meals.
Even those purchases, however, benefitted the local community with a portion of each purchase going to the fire department.
Donna Walker, retail manager for the college eatery, said the event was part of a summer series that brought youngsters to the college every Wednesday night.
Walker was especially pleased the weather cooperated, providing a chance for the children to play outdoors.
“Most of the students are gone for the summer, and it’s a great chance to bring our neighbors on campus,” said Walker.
Seth and Nicole Trevaskis brought their three boys out to the event for a night of fun — and food.
“Seth loves Chic-fil-A,” Nicole said of her husband. “He would come out just for that.”
The family plans to attend other events in the series which include a craft night, action hero night and Bingo.
To Kile, a grandfather himself, the event was much more than a chance to explain the water capacity of various trucks and the use of different types of equipment. It was a chance to reinforce the importance of family time.
“And it’s great that it raises some money for the fire department,” he said. “We’re all volunteer so we really appreciate it.’
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