D2 shares swag and safety message at trunk-or-treat event          

Visitors to the Life Center’s trunk-or-treat event Halloween night in Kamiah received candy and surprise swag.

Young trick-or-treaters were not expecting to see a snowplow with lights flashing and a driver bearing not only treats but also ITD lip balm, rulers, wristbands and even temporary tattoos.

“It was a huge success,” said Adam Gardiner, ITD transportation technician and resident of nearby Kooskia. “The kids were really excited about the truck. It was something different.”

District engineer Dave Kuisti surprised Gardiner when he gave his approval to bring the ITD snowplow, along with some highway safety trinkets, to the community event, Gardiner said.

“It was a great opportunity to make personal connections with our customers in Kamiah and to share ITD’s safety message,” Kuisti said.

ITD’s safety message pairs well with the purpose of trunk-or-treat events, where community members gather in a single place to hand out treats from their trunks, eliminating the need for children to walk door-to-door at night for their sugary snacks.

The trunk-or-treat event in Kamiah offered guests 11 trunks to visit, as well as hot dogs and hot chocolate to enjoy on the often-chilly night. This year, 500 to 600 people came, Gardiner said.

Although Gardiner has attended the event in Kamiah for many years, he said this was the first time he sponsored his own trunk.

“It’s just a way to help out the community,” Gardiner said. “I appreciate the help I received from ITD in participating in this safe event.”

Published 12-01-17