Sunday cartoon: Buckleupallofus Charity Car Show Raises $3,000

Police officers with Bucky giant balloon attraction holding up kids safety handouts photo depicts "Thumbs Up! Buckle Up!" and is a Buckleupallofus child passenger safety slogan.

BURRILLVILLE – The Buckleupallofus Charity Car Show raised $3,000 for the imPossible Dream Playground recently built for children both abled and with disabilities.

The 8th Annual Buckleupallofus ImPossible Dream Charity Car Show attracted a very large crowd of spectators as well as beautiful classic cars, trucks, muscle cars and rat rods to their establishment located in Warwick. Numerous business sponsors supported this automotive event, along with dozens of businesses across the state providing gift certificates, gift cards, gift baskets and raffle items for those attending this venue. I provided trophies, coloring posters, fridge magnets and various promotional media outlets. Newspaper and magazine articles, along with kids safety coloring cartoons and radio promos, helped drive spectators and show vehicle owners to this annual charity event.

It was a mild, overcast day, but the cloudy skies did not hamper outside activities until after the car show ended. It began raining on my drive back to a Burrillville. The DinoLicious Food Truck provided great meal choices and lemonade during the event, and had long lines of hungry and thirsty kids and adults enjoying their homemade foods. I contacted them after another food truck had to cancel and they were happy to help out at the last minute.

The Warwick Police Department sent police officers and vehicles with a canine dog named Haki, a motorcycle cop and two community police officers to show their continued support for Buckleupallofus child passenger safety community outreach efforts, as well as The Safe and the Serious Traffic Safety Campaign for teenagers and young adults. They display TSATS Posters in their police department for everyone to see and be reminded about traffic safety. Buckleupallofus and TSATS are very popular and data supported proven to be successful traffic safety campaigns utilized here across New England and other states nationwide. Both are award-winning and recognized by the US Department of Transportation and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in Washington, DC.

Bucky helps raise funding for many charitable causes and also reminds kids and families about traffic and buckle up safety at classic car shows, cruise nights, race tracks, dragways, live radio broadcasts and community events throughout the entire year. Warwick police officers passed out Bucky coloring posters and fridge magnets to all of the kids and adults, reminding them to wear seatbelts.

Jim Weicherding is a Burrillville resident, and the founder and creator of an award-winning traffic safety effort Seasons of Safety. Weicherding contributes kids’ coloring cartoons, which can be printed and used to help parents discuss safety issues with their children. He has a long list of police officers and firefighters in his family and has worked with law enforcement and firefighters in a creative public safety capacity for more than two decades. Jim was also appointed to Children Across America as their events and creative director for their child safety programs initiatives and outreach kids safety campaigns nationwide.

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