Tomah Police and Fire Departments receive REACH-A-Child first responder bags

TOMAH, Wis. (WKBT) — The Tomah Police and Fire Departments received first responder bags Wednesday aimed at redirecting a child’s attention during a potential crisis.

The REACH-A-Child 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. Both departments also received 300 extra children’s books each to help replenish REACH BAGs and to support upcoming community events hosted by the Tomah Police Department and Tomah Fire Department.

“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 contributions from AT&T, we are able to provide the Tomah Police and Fire Departments with REACH BAGs that first responders can use to help comfort children in need.”

Wednesday’s donation of REACH BAGs were made possible by a contribution of $21,000 from AT&T and the AT&T Foundation.