Families explore public works vehicles at Norwalk Touch a Truck event

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The Norwalk community is giving back by coming together.

Residents were welcomed to explore different public works vehicles at the public works center for the Touch a Truck event Saturday.

Various town service workers offered hands-on training demonstrations and activities for children to understand what goes into their jobs.

Volunteers from the Norwalk Police Department, fire, EMS, and health department were present.

Teddy Derosa, a mother of two, says it's important for kids to meet and see the people that help keep the community safe.

"I think a lot of kids, when they see big uniforms or things that they're not familiar with, they can be scared, and it's good they're familiarizing themselves with the people here, and the types of trucks,” she says. “So in the event that something does happen, they won't be afraid."

Deputy Chief Michael McCallum with the Norwalk Fire Department says his favorite part of the event is the joy this day brings to the children.

Visitors were also invited to bring food donations to help feed the homeless as part of the Open Door Food Pantry in south Norwalk.

Last year about 800 pounds of food were collected for the pantry, and organizers say they are hoping to collect even more this year.

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