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Wisconsin Dells First Responders Receive 13 REACH Bags and Extra Books

On October 18th, REACH-A-Child Executive Director Curt Fuszard delivered 13 REACH bags to Wisconsin Dells First Responders. Wisconsin Dells Police received six REACH bags and the Kilbourn Fire Department (in Wisconsin Dells) received seven REACH bags. The 13 bags will allow Wisconsin Dells first responders to comfort and distract 260 children in crisis over the next year. This department is sponsored by SSM Health.

Melanie Platt-Gibson and Jaime Prickett of SSM Health, far left and far right, respectively present Dells Police Chief Jody Ward and Kilbourn Volunteer Fire Captain Wade Bernander with “REACH Bags” for use in department vehicles, as REACH-A-Child executive director Curt Fuszard, center, looks on.

SSM Health employees volunteer at REACH-A-ChildSSM Health employees volunteer at REACH-A-ChildOn October 13th, SSM Health came to our office to help pack the REACH bags and fold the drawstring backpacks. Thank you for taking the time to help us out! 

In addition, Wisconsin Dells received 160 extra books to split among the two departments. These books help first responders break down barriers and build trust within the community and the children they encounter.

Thank you Ed Legge for shining a light on our program! Read Ed’s article in Wisconsin Dells Events

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