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WI non-profit provides children’s books, backpacks to kids in crisis

Backpacks full of children's books are donated by Reach-A-Child, a Madison organization, so...
Backpacks full of children's books are donated by Reach-A-Child, a Madison organization, so firefighters and paramedics can offer comfort or a distraction to a child during emergencies.(WBAY)
Published: Jun. 20, 2022 at 5:08 PM CDT
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BAYFIELD COUNTY, WI-- Backpacks filled with books went to Wisconsin first responders Monday to provide comfort to children in crisis.

The Bayfield County Sheriff’s Office recieved the 23 “REACH BAGs” Monday courtesy of REACH-A-Child and the Apostle Islands Area Community Fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.

A “REACH BAG” is a backpack filled with new children’s books and draw-string backpacks.

Not only does this initiative help responders provide a sense of comfort to children, but the books aim to distract the child from the source of the trauma.

The delivery was at the Sheriff’s headquarters.

The Department also received hundreds of additional children’s books for community engagement purposes.

REACH-A-Child, is a Madison based nonprofit, providing these resources to First Responders in Wisconsin since 2007.

REACH-A-Child currently serves nearly 300 First Responder Departments in the state, and distributes in excess of 20,000 new children’s books to that network annually.

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