Welcome to REACH-A-Child™
“Helping First Responders Comfort Children-In-Crisis”
“The first response is a book to comfort a child-in-crisis” Is REACH-A-Child™’s vision. Whether the children are in an automobile accident, victims of domestic disturbance or temporarily homeless, REACH-A-Child™ wants to help First Responders engage these children in a positive way through the power of a book.
“Due to the nature of our work, Wisconsin State Troopers are regularly tasked with assisting victims through extremely difficult situations. Often times, those victims include children. The REACH-A-Child™ initiative provides a valuable tool to help children during times of crisis. Providing a book and a backpack to a child in crisis diverts their attention from the tragic situation and allows the Trooper to comfort them. The mission of the Wisconsin State Patrol is to promote highway safety and enhance the quality of life for all Wisconsin citizens and visitors by providing and supporting professional, competent and compassionate law enforcement services. The REACH-A-Child™ organization provides a beneficial tool that allows us to accomplish our mission.”
– Colonel Charles Teasdale
On October 1st, REACH-A-Child delivered Detective Lieutenant Julie Buerger accepted 15 REACH BAGs and 400 additional books on behalf of the Wisconsin Rapids Police Department. We also visited the Wisconsin Rapids Fire Department, where Battalion Chief Ben Goodreau and his colleague accepted 10 REACH BAGs accompanied by another 500 additional children’s books for community engagement. We’re delighted to now be a part of the Wisconsin Rapids community and play an active role in providing comfort...
Thanks to AT&T, the Palace Theater, and REACH-A-Child, the Lake Delton Fire and EMS Department received REACH BAGs for all 15 vehicles of their fleet. The delivery took place this past Friday, August 9th. A REACH BAG is a durable backpack filled with new children’s books and drawstring backpacks. First Responders across the state use the books to comfort children they encounter in crisis situations and distract them from the immediate trauma. The books and backpacks were acquired thanks to...
On July 18th, REACH-A-Child received an incredibly generous donation of $5,000 from the members of the Wisconsin Realtors Foundation. This charitable giving allows us to provide 33 REACH BAGs for First Responders in the state of Wisconsin. The backpacks will provide essential tools to help 660 children in crisis situations. Their unbelievable gift also provides around 500 additional children’s books that First-Responder departments may utilize for engaging youth in their communities. We are...