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Welcome to REACH-A-Child™

“Helping First Responders Comfort Children-In-Crisis”

Vision Statement

“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

Recent News

Packers Foundation brings REACH BAGs to De Pere

Packers Foundation brings REACH BAGs to De Pere

Thanks to the Green Bay Packers Foundation, the De Pere Fire and Rescue unit recently received children's books and backpacks from REACH-A-Child in December. These professionals will place a backpack in all 10 vehicles, and use them to comfort children they encounter in crisis situations.  The Department also received a large quantity of additional books for use when engaging boys and girls in the community. Thank you Packers Foundations for this amazing gift! #PackerGiveBack

Messiah Preschool Donates 300 Books to REACH-A-Child

Messiah Preschool Donates 300 Books to REACH-A-Child

About 300 early-reader and pictures books were generously donated from the Messiah Preschool  here in Madison last week. Tracy Tiedeman of Tiedeman Photography delivered this awesome gift to us at REACH headquarters. Tracy will also be donating her own time to take photos at our upcoming annual Putt-Putt ‘Fore’ Kids Event on June 8th at Vitense Golfland. We’re so grateful for the book donation AND the use of your amazing photographic talents. We look forward to seeing you all there SOON! Don’t...

New Delivery to Wisconsin Rapids PD & Fire!

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...