Charlottesville’s B.U.C.K Squad hosts party for kids on South First Street

Updated: Mar. 26, 2021 at 10:10 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Another beautiful summer-like Friday means another chance for the B.U.C.K Squad to host a day for the kids.

On Friday, they gave the community a chance to get books from the Free Book Bus, eat pizza, see the inside of a rescue truck, and even get a fresh haircut.

Event organizer Shelly Martin says it’s important to give kids a safe, fun day to just be kids.

“We need to touch the babies, the babies is our future,” she said. “So we try to outreach to the babies and let them know that you are safe and everything is going to be okay.”

Pertelle Gilmore, the B.U.C.K Squad’s executive director says it’s critical to be role models for the kids as well.

“We’re here to save lives right now in the moment. So if we get a call we’re here to save you in the moment,” Gilmore said. “But our ultimate goal is to save lives generationally. To cut the perpetual cycle of destruction that has been here since my generation, the generation before us.”

“We’re saving lives right now as we speak by giving them hope.”

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