Program provides free books to help comfort children in crisis
The Kenosha Police Department and Kenosha Fire Department today received nearly 150 first responder bags today to help children deal with crisis situations as part of the REACH-A-Child™ program, thanks to a $10,000 AT&T contribution that is supporting first responders across Wisconsin.
The program provides local sheriffs, police, EMTs and fire departments with first responder REACH BAGs that contain a variety of children’s books that are given to children at the scene of an accident, house fire or other emergency. The goal is to redirect the children’s attention from the crisis at hand, allowing them to experience an educational escape from their fears.
“We were honored to be selected by such a great project as reach a child. We identify with their mission to provide comfort and diversion to children who are experiencing a traumatic event. Reach a child could not have picked a better community of children to bless with this gift, said Lt. Leo Viola, a spokesman for Kenosha Police.
“When children are facing a crisis situation like a car accident or domestic disturbance, our mission is to help first responders engage them in a positive way through the power of a book,” said Curtis Fuszard, Executive Director of REACH-A-Child. “Thanks to the generous financial support from AT&T, we are able to help first responders in Kenosha comfort children in need.”
Both agencies also received 250 additional children’s books for use in community engagement activities.
Since 2014, AT&T and the AT&T Foundation have contributed $77,500 to support REACH-A-Child in Wisconsin.
“REACH-A-Child is a wonderful organization that is helping first responders comfort children who are often dealing with very stressful and traumatic situations,” said Paul Weirtz, president of AT&T Wisconsin. “We are proud to support this nonprofit’s mission to comfort children in crisis, and we are happy we can help provide REACH bags to Kenosha first responders.”
REACH-A-Child is a Madison-based nonprofit that partners with first responders in many communities across the state. Its mission is to provide first responders with REACH BAGs filled with books and drawstring backpacks to help comfort children in crisis. To learn more, please visit: http://reachachild.org/.
The $10,000 AT&T contribution is part of the company’s philanthropic giving efforts to support our local communities. We invest our company’s resources and knowledge to advance access to education and training, improve lives, and strengthen the communities in which we live and work.
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