November’s First Friday downtown Warsaw will be all about giving to others.

The theme for the Nov. 1 event is “Thanks for Giving.” First Friday is from 5 to 9 p.m.

For the third year, G & G Hauling and Excavating is sponsoring November’s First Friday and is asking the public to bring a donation to help fill its dump truck. The donations will help local not-for-profit organizations The Beaman Home, The Salvation Army, Combined Community Services, Serenity House, Fellowship Missions, All Things New and Heartline.

“We’re sponsoring the First Friday this coming Nov. 1 and we’re collecting nonperishable food items and diapers and stuff for seven nonprofits that are part of our community,” said Cary Groninger, an owner of G & G Hauling and Excavating, Tuesday.

“We’ve kind of leveraged our partnership with other companies that we work with here in the community on a regular basis to help put an event together that gets people downtown and gets them to come down and donate goods to the cause. We feel it’s a great opportunity for us to not only give to them, but also we’ll have the different agencies there at a location (where the public) can learn about them and what type of services they provide and opportunities for them to volunteer,” he said.

G & G’s partners for November’s First Friday include IMI, Lake City Bank, Monteith’s Best One, Kerlin, MacAllister Rentals, Robinson Contruction, Allegra Print and Image, Todd Biller, Willie 103.5, WRSW 107.3, Oldies 103.9, Times-Union, Ink Free, Dave Michaels, City of Warsaw and Warsaw Community Development Corp.

Groninger said, “It’s one of the things in our company where we really look for ways to engage the community and be able to give back, and this is another one of those opportunities to do that.”

In 2018, he said they got pretty close to filling the dump truck. “It’s a big truck. It’s a quad axle dump truck, so we’re talking about something that’s roughly ... close to 30 cubic yards of stuff. That’s a lot. That’s like probably 30 trunks full. So we’re hoping to gather that,” Groninger said.

Funds also will be given to the seven different agencies.

“It’s just good to get everybody out there and be able to engage the opportunity. It’s a great idea, and then hopefully these nonprofits are able to gain some more exposure, whether it’s at this time they give or whether it’s later on in the year just so they know who is out there and what the needs are,” Groninger said.

Families can also participate at First Friday in activities such as pet rock painting, a large equipment display area, sandboxes with shovels and buckets for little ones along with a coin hunt, crane basketball, a celebrity equipment rodeo (local school principals and more, starting at 6:30 p.m.) and a crossword puzzle to complete for an hourly drawing, according to information provided by Mike Loher, G & G materials coordinator. For the crossword puzzle, participants must visit each not-for-profit and piece of equipment to get the answers to complete the puzzle for a chance to win. There also will be a roller demonstration after the celebrity equipment rodeo is over.

Nashville recording artist Jason Michael Carroll also will perform a free acoustic show at approximatley 7:30 p.m. Carroll has performed in Warsaw before, and his songs include “Alyssa Lies,” “Livin’ Our Love Song,” “Where I’m From,” “I Can Sleep When I’m Dead” and more.