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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

Delton Fire Receives Delivery!

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...

Executive Director Curt Fuszard delivered 10 REACH bags to the Monticello community on July 24th. Two REACH bags went to the Monticello Police Department, while the Monticello Fire Department received eight REACH bags.  In addition, both the Fire and Police departments received 150 books for community engagement. Two hundred children in crisis will be comforted thanks to this delivery!

REACH-A-CHILD Receives Incredible Donation!

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...