Touch-a-Truck: Connecting Kids with Community

Most children like playing with a dump truck at the playground, but can you imagine their excitement at seeing one in real life?

On April 23rd, you can make that dream come true. The Junior League of Wilmington will host the 8th annual Touch a Truck event in the Independence Mall parking lot from 12:30-4:30 pm. The event is an effort to connect families with local people and businesses who build, protect, and serve the Wilmington community.

“We would love families to simply enjoy their day together and to learn more about the important men and women who serve our community each and every day. Children will be able to see, touch, and explore a variety of vehicles and equipment from firetrucks, tow trucks, helicopters, buses, and more. Anyone who has or works with children know how fascinating these ‘trucks’ are to them, and for children to be able to climb in and explore is an exciting and innovative experience!” says Sarah Wilson, VP of fund development.

There will be over 50 different vehicles there so arrive early to give your give your little ones time to explore! The event will even feature a helicopter landing by a Vita Link Helicopter. For those concerned about noise issues, the first hour  will be horn and light-free.

The Junior League works for months to gather together a variety of businesses to make this event a reality. In addition to large machinery, children can also take advantage of live music, bouncy castles, and a variety of games.

“We are grateful to each business who donates their time to come out and make Touch a Truck so much fun. Not only do the vendors and trucks that we work with contribute to the success of the event, but they help the Junior League carry out our mission.

All proceeds go directly to New Hanover County schools and the Blue Ribbon Commission.

Originally organized by the Roanoke, VA Junior League chapter, the success of Touch a Truck caught the eye of Paige Kon and fellow Wilmington Junior Leaguers, who then brought the event to the Port City. In addition to this event, the Junior League of Wilmington also participates in a variety of community service, like the recent Nourish NC Spring Break Box Packing. 

This mission of the Junior League, according to President Alli Luckadoo, “is to be an encouraging force for children that may face significant barriers to education. As an organization, we work very hard to train women to by dynamic leaders so that we are able to have more of an impact on the city of Wilmington. I am so proud of what the Junior League of Wilmington has been able to accomplish.”

If you’re interested in attending Touch a Truck, tickets are $20 for a family of four or $6 per person and can be purchased at the event. Cash or check only. If you’d like to learn more about the Junior League of Wilmington and the many ways they contribute to the community, head to

written by: Becky Starkey