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Nick Jarmusz
phone: 608-828-2495
August 13, 2018
AAA and REACH-A-Child Collecting Books to Help First Responders Comfort Children in Crisis

New and gently used children’s books can be donated at all AAA locations this week

MADISON, Wisc. (August 13, 2018) — AAA is hosting a book drive to benefit REACH-A-ChildTM at all 17 of its Wisconsin locations this week, August 13 through August 17.  Visitors can drop off new or gently used children’s books during business hours (8:30 a.m. – 5:30 pm, open until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday).  Donors will have an opportunity to sign up for a chance to win a VIP experience for 4 at Miller Park, including 4 field level game tickets, batting practice viewing and a tailgating goodie-bag. 

“AAA is a proud supporter of the REACH-A-ChildTM program, as well the first responders who utilize it,” said Nick Jarmusz, Director of Public Affairs for AAA – The Auto Club Group.  “We know the importance of peace of mind, and this is a simple but powerful way to provide that to children in difficult and scary situations.”

Founded in 2007, REACH-A-ChildTM is a 501(c)3 charity that works with First Responders to provide age appropriate books to help comfort and redirect the attention of children during traumatic situations.  Whether a child is in a motor vehicle crash, a victim of a domestic disturbance or experiencing some other trauma, the power of a book and a positive interaction with a first responder can go a long way towards “making things right” again.  You can read numerous testimonials submitted by first responders at reachachild.org/stories/.

“This book drive is wonderful at so many levels”, notes Curtis Fuszard, Executive Director of REACH-A-ChildTM.  “It is raising awareness of our organization and mission across the state and helping us further extend our reach across Wisconsin.  We remain committed to providing books and backpacks to every first responder in the state, and this will go a long way to helping us attain that goal.”

AAA will also make a matching contribution of $1 per book collected (up to $2,500) to support REACH-A-Child’s mission.

Books can be donated at the following locations:

Appleton – 160 S. McCarthy Road
Eau Claire – 3430 Oakwood Hills Parkway
Grafton – 1040 N. Port Washington Road
Green Bay – 2285 S. Oneida Street
Ixonia  - W1046 Marietta Avenue
Menomonee Falls – W176 N9348 Rivercrest Drive
Onalaska – 1125 Main Street
Sheboygan – 1539 N. 33rd Place
Sturtevant – 8700 Durand Avenue
Waukesha – 21505 E. Moreland Avenue
Wausau – 4724 Rib Mountain Drive
Madison
 

  • 2358 E. Springs Drive
  • 8401 Excelsior Drive
  • 3205 Latham Drive
  • 6502 Odana Road
Milwaukee
 
  • 202 W. Silver Spring Drive
  • 4433 S. 27th Street
  
About The Auto Club Group
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America.  ACG and its affiliates provide membership, insurance, financial services and travel offerings to over 9.5 million members across eleven states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana.  ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with more than 58 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety. Motorists can map a route, identify gas prices, find discounts, book a hotel, and access AAA roadside assistance with the AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com.
 


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