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