R.E.A.C.H. a Child is a nonprofit organization, which was started in 2007 by Paul Gilbertson and his wife, Chris. The two wanted to find a way to help children who are unfortunate victims of crisis.
"The whole idea behind the program is to give a book to a child in the midst of a traumatic situation to help them shift their focus from the tragedy to something positive, " Chris Gilbertson said. "And we have found this to be an excellent tool for first responders to use at the scene of an accident, domestic crisis, or wherever they are exposed to child who's in a frightening situation."
Currently, the backbacks filled with books are in over 15,000 squad cars and ambulances throughout the Midwest.
"Our goal is to take this program national because of the difference it makes in the lives of kids at a young age," Gilbertson said. 'It's a great exposure for an authority figure to reach down to the level of a child and encourage them to shift their focus. Not only is literacy a great escape for kids, but it also leads in a life that goes on an upward path."
R.E.A.C.H. stands for Reading Enjoyment Affects Childhood Happiness.
For more information, go to R.E.A.C.H. a Child's website.
Gilbertson joined us on 27 News at 5 on Monday.
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