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Truck Event Brings Families Together

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28)--Fathers have a powerful and positive impact upon the development and health of children.

That's according to the u-s department of health and human services.
Today the community came together for an event geared toward helping dads be dads.

For Robert and Allison Cross, this is how you spend a Saturday afternoon.

I am looking at trucks, said Robert.

I'm spending time with my family before I go off to camp tomorrow, Allison said.

Time their father says is the most meaningful part of his day.

It's good for them, it's a lot of fun for me and it's just a lot of fun to come out and hang out with the kids and see what they are into, said Ray Cross.

Thats exactly what organizers of the big truck event want parents, especially dads, to take away from the experience.

"It's really important to kids. That they are able to connect with their dads, connect with adults, males, so that's why we thought it was really important, said John Tursi, Executive Director of CR Boys and Girls Club

"In Linn County, there's over 5,000 households with no father present and children under 18. So we wants dads and families to understand that it's important to get involved, said Steve Nylin of Young Parents Network.

This is how they are sending that message. Something families here appreciate.

"It takes a lot of time, but it's worth it in the end. You learn a lot about yourself and a lot about your kids and it's real nice, Cross said, and the kids are taking notice.

"I love you, Allison said.

Various agencies like Young Parents Network, Boys and Girls Club of Cedar Rapids, Foundation 2, Tanager Place and WayPoint helped put the event together.

They plan to continue the tradition next year.
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