SANFORD — Partly sunny skies are on tap Saturday ”“ the perfect weather for kids to sit in a big rig or a fire engine, an excavator or a police cruiser.

It will be Touch a Truck day on Presidential Drive at Sanford Seacoast Regional Airport from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is a fundraiser for Camp Kita, a new summer camp designed for kids 8-17 who have lost a parent to suicide.

The camp, which debuts in August on Thompson Lake on Poland, was founded by Sydney, Morgan and Isaiah Mosher, whose father committed suicide 12 years ago. They are joined by Director of Public Relations and Development Nichole Ivey and Clinical Director Kim Lavoie.

Ivey on Wednesday said the Touch a Truck event allows kids to sit on and examine big trucks and other equipment they otherwise wouldn’t be able to touch. In all, there will be 40 vehicles for kids to explore.

The cost is $5, with a $20 maximum fee for families.

Camp Kita is reaching out to local schools, the Center for Grieving Children and social service agencies, making them aware that the one-week camp is available to youngsters who have survived the suicide of a parent or other immediate loss, said Ivey. This year, the camp can accommodate 50 young people, ages 8-17. The camping experience costs $500, but full and partial scholarships are available. Ivey said no child will be turned away because of inability to pay.

For more information about the camp, go to www.campkita.com.



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