Join Sweet Dreams Foundation, Gainesville Fire Rescue and Sweet Dreams Homemade Ice Cream of Gainesville on May 17th, 2014 for the 5th Annual Sweet Dreams’ Touch-A-Truck event. Touch-A-Truck will occur at the Northeast Complex from 9am to 2pm (next to Citizen’s Field). Smaller children are invited to quiet hour from 9am to 10am so they can enjoy the vehicles without the noise of horns, sirens, bullhorns or PA systems.
Attendees will be able to get up close to large vehicles they may see around town. Sweet Dreams’ Touch-a-Truck provides children with a hands-on educational experience by giving them an opportunity to climb into and/or on vehicles and to talk with the operators. They will learn about the vehicles and pedestrian safety around large vehicles.
The admission is free. There will be a minimal charge for some activities such as a dunking booth, bounce houses, face painting and food. The proceeds from the event will benefit the Camp Amigo! The Children’s Burn Camp of North Florida.
This year children and adults will have an opportunity to be fitted with brand new bicycle helmet courtesy of the Florida Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to Schools Grant.
Keep reading to learn about the local children’s organizations this event is raising money and supplies for!
Proceeds to Benefit: Camp Amigo!
Camp Amigo! started 19 years ago when firefighters from the Tallahassee Fire Department began taking kids recovering from burn injuries to camp. It gives children with physical and emotional scars a place to be themselves, have fun and to build a network of support that will last throughout their lives.
The camp has grown from this small start to include children from all over Florida. Camp Amigo! is also supported by the Southeast Burn Foundation representing Shands Hospital where it is the official burn camp for the North Florida region.
At Camp Amigo!, children are able to participate in canoeing, swimming, arts and crafts, movies, Shipwreck Island Water Park, a dance with a DJ, and many other exciting activities! Almost all of the counselors are firefighters, adult burn survivors, or burn units nurses/staff. Children can work with adult burn survivors who act as a support group to help them in mainstream environments and they can receive message therapy to help them with range of motion and flexibility.
The camp is funded through private donations and campers stay free of charge. For this reason, your support is necessary to successfully run the camp every year and Camp Amigo! is grateful to all who have supported them past and present.
The 2013 Sweet Dreams’ Touch-a-Truck raised $6,050 to help send burn survivors to Camp Amigo. Show your continued support, mark your calendars for next year and come out for another awesome day of family fun on May 17th, 2014!
Fod4Kids Food Drive
Food4Kids Backpack Program of North Florida provides food to children who are at risk of hunger on the weekends. Rolling backpacks are distributed at school each Friday to the identified child and returned on Monday to be refilled.
1 out of 4 children are affected by poverty and live in food instable homes. The program currently targets children who are “chronically hungry” and are referred into the program.
Suggested Food Donations:
- Canned Meat (tuna, chicken, etc.)
- Canned Veggies & Beans
- Canned Pasta (Spaghettios, etc.)
- Canned Soup (Chicken noodle/vegetable)
- Juice Boxes/Pouches
- Fruit & Pudding cups
- Breakfast Items (oatmeal packets, breakfast bars, single serving cereals)
- Snack bars (granola, etc.)
- Macaroni & Cheese
- Snacks (single servings of raisins, pretzels, animal crackers, etc.)
- Milk- shelf stable
- Peanut Butter & Jelly
(Shortages typically include: raisins, pudding, granola bars, juice boxes, & canned pasta)
Sweet Dreams’ Touch a Truck event is an official drop off location for food donations. Please help to make this food drive successfull by bringing one or more of the items listed above to this event!
2013 Voted Best In Show
Sweet Dreams Foundation would like to congratulate Chuck and Vic from Walmart Distribution in Alachua! Once again the reigning champions! They raised $336.88 for Camp Amigo! at their vehicle this year! Sweet Dreams Foundation would also like to offer Walmart Distribution in Alachua a special thanks for the volunteers and donations given to the event this year. We look forward to working with you again in 2014!
2013 Hunger Destroyer
Food4Kids Backpack Program of North Florida is proud to give the University of Florida College of Medicine – Department of Pathology the award for 2013 Hunger Destroyer. The Department of Pathology brought in nearly 70lbs for food to clinch the win! Pictured here receiving the trophy is Dr. Bruce Goldberg, Cathy Weldon and Vickie Malomey. Food4Kids would also like to thank everyone who helped contribute this year to the over 1 ton of food (2195 pounds) collected at the event this year.