Kids and kids at heart are invited to get up close and personal with some of the area's biggest working vehicles during the benefit for the Patchwork Central food pantry.

Taking place in the parking lot of Deaconess Gateway Hospital at the corner of Epworth Road and the Lloyd Expressway from 9am to Noon, 'Trucks and Heroes' gives visitors a chance to see everything from police cars and fire trucks, to ambulances and military vehicles inside and out, as well as meet the men and women who operate those vehicles on a daily basis.

The first hour will be "siren free" for children and adults with sensory issues including those on the autism spectrum.

The event is free and open to public, however donations of non-perishable food items will be accepted to help stock the Patchwork Central food pantry.

For more information on this event, visit the SMILE on Down Syndrome Facebook page. To learn more about SMILE's mission of providing support to those with Down Syndrome and their families, visit their official website.