Friday, June 5, 2009

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels Issues Executive Order on Behalf of R.E.A.C.H. a Child! Indiana



A United States Senator wrote a letter of support. The Speaker of Indiana’s House of Representative issued a resolution. Three mayors across the state wrote proclamations. And, today, the Governor of Indiana, Mitch Daniels, issued an executive order on behalf of R.E.A.C.H. a Child! proclaiming July 2009 “Make a Difference to Children Month.”

My thanks to Governor Daniels for helping us to raise awareness of R.E.A.C.H. a Child! Indiana.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Indiana’s R.E.A.C.H. a Child! - The First 90 Days

R.E.A.C.H. a Child! was founded in Wisconsin by Paul and Chris Gilbertson in late 2007 with the mission of using books to put a smile on the face of a child in a time of need. In less than two years, the non-profit has expanded into California, Nebraska, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan, Tennessee, Ohio, Texas, New York and Indiana, launching here on March 1, 2009. So, as we enter our fourth month on Monday, I thought I’d take a moment to review what R.E.A.C.H. a Child! Indiana has accomplished in its first 90 days:

• The South Bend Silver Hawks donated 10 tickets for their 2009 season, as well as tickets to the opening game of their 2010 season. These tickets were auctioned to raise both funding for and awareness of our non-profit

• Elkhart Mayor Dick Moore proclaimed June 14, 2009 “With Wings & a Halo - R.E.A.C.H. a Child! Awareness Day”

• Mishawaka Mayor Jeff Rea proclaimed October 2009 “R.E.A.C.H. a Child! Month”

• United States Senator Evan Bayh provided a letter of support, calling the work that we’re doing on behalf of Hoosier children “truly inspiring”

• Elkhart’s Waldenbooks (Borders) sponsored a book drive on our behalf in March and April that collected 344 new children’s books

• Indianapolis illustrator, Sheri Garvin, provided 10 copies of a children’s book she illustrated called “Little Rhymes for Quiet Times”

• R.E.A.C.H. a Child! Indiana provided the South Bend Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit with 100 backpacks (approximately 1,100 books)

• We supplied the Warren Township Fire Department with 8 backpacks

• WSBT (CBS), WNDU (NBC) and WSJV (FOX) each broadcast segments on our organization, as well as featured us on their Web sites

• We were also featured in the South Bend Tribune

• I was invited to speak at the Rotary Club of Mishawaka

• We supplied the La Porte Police Department with 40 backpacks (over 400 new children’s books)

• Evansville Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel proclaimed the week of May 11th “R.E.A.C.H. a Child! Week”

• We started both a blog and a Squidoo lens, and each not only ranks on the first page of Google for “reach a child,” but also ahead of the national office’s Web site. Also, the blog you're reading now ranks higher in search results than any other state’s R.E.A.C.H. a Child! Web site or blog

• B. Patrick Bauer, Speaker of Indiana's House of Representatives, issued a resolution, recognizing our non-profit for "its dedicated and outstanding service to the children of the state of Indiana"

This is what we’ve accomplished in just our first 90 days. Imagine what we might accomplish together by this time next year. Now, let’s make it happen.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Federal, State and Local Politicians Continue to Lend Their Support to Help Raise Awareness for R.E.A.C.H. a Child! Indiana


First, the Mayors of Elkhart, Evansville and Mishawaka issued proclamations (the 3 Mayors representing over 220,000 Hoosiers). Then, U.S. Senator Evan Bayh issued a letter of support. Today, the Speaker of Indiana's House of Representatives, B. Patrick Bauer, issued a resolution...

"Thus, as a member of the One Hundred and Sixteenth Indiana General Assembly, I hereby honor With Wings and a Halo R.E.A.C.H. a Child by presenting to Mike Roe, Indiana Executive Director, this resolution in formal recognition of its dedicated and outstanding service to the children of the state of Indiana."

My thanks to both Speaker Bauer and his Executive Assistant, Dolly Starnes.

Monday, May 18, 2009

R.E.A.C.H. a Child! Indiana & the Rotary Club of Mishawaka


Yesterday, it was a pancake breakfast, compliments of the Warren Township Fire Department. Today, it was lunch, compliments of the Rotary Club of Mishawaka. I could get used to this! BTW, I'm sorry that the picture here isn't the best. Still, I'm happy to say that everyone at the Rotary Club of Mishawaka was.

While the lunch was great, I was there to work. Specifically, I had been invited to present Indiana's With Wings & a Halo - R.E.A.C.H a Child! to the Rotarians. I can say with complete honesty that it didn't feel like work at all. And, I even reconnected with a friend from middle and high school! Great seeing you again, Scott!

Anyway, this blog is about the efforts of R.E.A.C.H. a Child! Indiana's efforts to use books to put a smile on the face of a Hoosier child in a time of crisis. Still, I'd like to use this post to talk about the Rotary Club's "Four-Way Test of the Things We Think, Say and Do."

Decades ago, Rotarian Herbert Taylor was asked to take control of a company that was on the verge of bankruptcy. In 1932, Mr. Taylor created the following questions for employees to ask themselves in all of their personal and professional dealings:

Of the things we think, say or do...

* Is it the truth?
* Is it fair to all concerned?
* Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
* Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

Wouldn't the world be a better place to live and work if we asked ourselves these same questions today? Members of Rotary Clubs around the world do.

Once again, my sincere thanks to Jim, Margaret and all of the members of the Rotary Club of Mishawaka for everything that the club does in practicing "Service Above Self."

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Indiana's R.E.A.C.H. a Child! Partners With the Warren Township Fire Department



Just minutes after news of R.E.A.C.H. a Child! Indiana's partnership with the South Bend Police Department hit the airwaves, I received an email from Lee Schmidt, a firefighter with the Warren Township Fire Department. He expressed interest in our B.A.C.K. Packets program ("Become a Cheerful Kid"). Just about 10 days later, I supplied the fire department - our first since launching here in Indiana - with 8 backpacks, each containing 10 - 12 new children's books that Lee and his fellow firefighters can handout to children during a crisis situation.

To help spread the word about Indiana's R.E.A.C.H. a Child!, Lee generously invited me to the station's pancake breakfast this morning. The Warren Township Fire Department even provided me with a booth, so that I could discuss the B.A.C.K. Packets program with those in the community. Not only was the food - pancakes, eggs, hash browns, sausage links and patties, and biscuit and gravy - delicious, but I also had the opportunity to speak with a gentleman who works with the South Bend Fire Department. Now, he's interested in partnering with R.E.A.C.H. a Child! Indiana, as well!

My thanks to Lee for the opportunity to help him and his fellow firefighters to offer yet another service to the community of Warren Township, and for helping me to connect with the South Bend Fire Department. Of course, I'd also like to thank him and all of the Warren Township firefighters for all of the great food. Thanks!

Friday, May 8, 2009

May 11-17 Is “National Children’s Book Week,” and...


“R.E.A.C.H. a Child! Week” in the City of Evansville, thanks to a proclamation from Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel. Mayor Weinzapfel joins the Mayors of Mishawaka and Elkhart in issuing a proclamation, and I would like to thank them for their efforts to raise awareness of our non-profit.

Regardless of whether or not you live in Evansville, here are some ways that you can help Indiana’s R.E.A.C.H. a Child! to help both first-responders and Hoosier children during Children’s Book/R.E.A.C.H. a Child! Week:

* Click the “Donate” button at the bottom of this post and make a tax-deductible financial contribution using your PayPal account
* Arrange a corporate donation
* Join the With Wings and a Halo - R.E.A.C.H. a Child! Indiana facebook cause
* Add a link to Indiana's R.E.A.C.H. a Child! on your website
* Work at a bookstore? Then, consider following the lead of Olivia Jobe - the Store Manager at Elkhart’s Waldenbooks - and host a month-long book drive on our behalf
* If you’re a student at one of Indiana's colleges or universities, and if you're also a member of a student organization, please consider holding a campus-wide book drive
* Politicians can issue a proclamation, resolution or letter of support to help raise awareness of our non-profit
* Finally, if you're a first responder (police, sheriff, fire or EMS), please contact me by either calling 574-707-2727 or emailing me at michael@reachachild.org to set-up a short presentation. Note: there’s no charge whatsover in supplying your department with backpacks

And, if you can’t lend your support next week, please mark the following dates on your calendar:

June 14, 2009: "With Wings and a Halo - R.E.A.C.H. a Child Awareness Day" (Elkhart)

October 2009: "R.E.A.C.H. a Child Month" (Mishawaka)

Again, thank you Mayor Weinzapfel.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Book Drive At Waldenbooks In Elkhart Ends. But, At R.E.A.C.H. a Child! Indiana, It's Just the Beginning For the 300+ Books.


On April 20, I wrote a post here about how Hoosiers in Elkhart were helping Hoosiers across the state by donating books to Indiana's R.E.A.C.H. a Child! Over 140 books were donated. That was really great, but it gets even better. That's because, this past Tuesday, Olivia Jobe - the Store Manager at Elkhart's Waldenbooks - delivered another 214 books!

Because of the generosity of Olivia, her team, and the people of Elkhart, 344 children in Northern Indiana experiencing a traumatic situation will receive a new book from a police officer or firefighter. On behalf of those kids, as well as everyone at With Wings & a Halo - R.E.A.C.H. a Child!, thank you Elkhart, Olivia and the entire team at Waldenbooks.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

What's Squidoo?

Squidoo is a site that was created by Seth Godin that allows you to quickly and easily create what's known as a "lens." What's a lens? Well, here's the Squidoo lens for R.E.A.C.H. a Child! Indiana.

There are a lot of great reasons for creating a lens, but one of the best is that you can earn money with one. Even better, you can donate any royalties you receive to a Squidoo-supported non-profit of your choosing, such as Indiana's R.E.A.C.H. a Child!

Monday, May 4, 2009

How One Illustrator In Indiana Helped 10 Hoosier Children


There are many ways in which you can help Indiana’s R.E.A.C.H. a Child! to fulfill its mission of putting a smile on the face of a Hoosier child in a time of need. Here’s one way... one way by one very generous person:

Indianapolis artist Sheri Garvin viewed the With Wings & a Halo - R.E.A.C.H. a Child! lens, and decided that she’d like to help. She did so by donating 10 copies of a children’s book that she illustrated called “Little Rhymes For Quiet Times,” written by Charlotte Franck. These books, written to celebrate the wonder and excitement children see in everyday moments, will be put to immediate use in helping to supply the La Porte Police Department with 40 backpacks, each containing 10 - 12 new (or, very slightly used) children’s books.

That’s how Sheri is helping to make a difference in a Hoosier child’s life. Here are some other ways that you can help:

* Click on the “Donate” button below and make a tax-deductible financial contribution using your PayPal account
* Arrange a corporate sponsorship gift
* Join the facebook cause of With Wings and a Halo - R.E.A.C.H. a Child! Indiana
* Add a link on your website to Indiana’s R.E.A.C.H. a Child!
* If you work at a bookstore, consider following the lead of Olivia Jobe - Store Manager at Elkhart’s Waldenbooks - by hosting a bookdrive on our behalf
* If you’re a student at one of Indiana's colleges or universities, and are also a member of a student organization, please consider holding a campus-wide bookdrive
* Politicians can issue a proclamation to help raise awareness of our non-profit. Already, With Wings & a Halo has received a letter of support from Senator Evan Bayh and proclamations from the Mayors of Mishawaka and Elkhart. Additionally, proclamations from the following Mayors are in the works: Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, La Porte, Terre Haute, Bloomington, Evansville, Carmel, and New Castle
* The South Bend and La Porte police departments have already partnered with R.E.A.C.H. a Child! Indiana. If you're a first responder (police, sheriff, fire or EMS), please call me at 574-707-2727 or email me at michael@reachachild.org to set-up a quick presentation. Please note that there’s absolutely no charge to supply your department with backpacks

Thanks, Sheri!

Indiana’s R.E.A.C.H. a Child! To Meet With the Rotary Club Of Mishawaka

On Monday, May 18, Mike Roe - Executive Director of R.E.A.C.H. a Child! Indiana - will speak to Mishawaka’s Rotary Club. There will be a presentation about With Wings & a Halo - R.E.A.C.H. a Child! Indiana, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, followed by a Q&A. Lunch will also be served.

The meeting will run from noon until 1:00, and will be held at Varsity Clubs of America, located at 3800 N. Main Street in Mishawaka.

If you’re already a Rotarian, I look forward to meeting you then. If not, please consider joining Mishawaka’s Rotary Club. Since 1948, members have consistently practiced “Service Above Self,” volunteering both their time and talents to work locally, regionally, nationally and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace and eradicate polio.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

You've Read About R.E.A.C.H. a Child! Indiana In the News. Now, Watch R.E.A.C.H. a Child! Indiana On the News

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WW&AH - R.E.A.C.H. a Child! Indiana Article on WSJV Fox 28


South Bend police have a new outreach program

It's not easy to comfort a child who has been through a crisis.

But South Bend police will be trying to help connect with them by giving them a backpack full of new books. It's part of a program called, "With Wings & a Halo - Reach a Child."

The program is giving the department 100 backpacks containing 10 - 12 new children's books.

Officers will give them out to kids they are trying to help, for example, at a house fire, an auto accident or domestic dispute.

Sgt. Lee Ross of the South Bend Police Department says, "We feel it's a great opportunity to engage the children, to help them read, and it helps relieve the stress of the kid who is in crisis."

The With Wings & a Halo program is a non-profit organization which relies on private donations and book drives at major retailers.

And it is the fastest growing crime prevention program in the Midwest.

South Bend Tribune Article About R.E.A.C.H. a Child! Indiana

Books used in police outreach
Officers get kids books to hand out during crises, patrols.

By DAVE STEPHENS
Tribune Staff Writer

SOUTH BEND — South Bend police officers were handed a new crime-fighting tool on Tuesday — backpacks filled with children's books.

Police received 100 backpacks, each filled with 10 to 12 children's books, from the "With Wings & a Halo — REACH a Child" organization, which provides police departments with books to hand out to children.

With Tuesday's donation, the South Bend Police Department became the first in the state to use the program, which started two years ago in Wisconsin and has spread to 10 states. Next week, police in LaPorte also will begin participating in the program.

The fast-growing program relies on a simple concept — providing police with children's books to distribute during emergency situations.

Sgt. Lee Ross said officers can hand out the books to children they meet — at the scenes of car accidents, patrolling through neighborhoods or while officers talk with their parents.

Ross said the books will help build relationships with children as well as calm them down during emergencies.

All of the books and backpacks were donated to the department from the nonprofit "With Wings and a Halo" organization, which received many of the books as donations.

Mike Roe, executive director of the organization in Indiana, said the goal is twofold: to help encourage literacy in children and to put a smile on the face of a child in a time of need.

There are no costs to the department for participating in the program, and officers can volunteer to carry the backpacks in their cars. Each backpack will carry a variety of books, suitable for children up to 12 years of age.

South Bend Police Chief Darryl Boykins praised the program and said it can help reduce crime in the future.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Executive Director of Indiana's R.E.A.C.H. a Child! To Appear On WSBT


Mike Roe, Indiana's Executive Director of With Wings & a Halo - R.E.A.C.H. a Child!, is scheduled to appear on WSBT's morning show Tuesday, April 28. Currently, he's scheduled to be interviewed around 6:40 AM.

Following the interview, he'll conduct a joint press conference with Sergeant Lee Ross of the South Bend Police Department's Crime Prevention Unit. The press conference will be held at 701 W. Sample Street, and begins at 10:00 AM.

If you're up early Tuesday morning, be sure to tune in to WSBT's morning show. And, if you're in the area and have the time, be sure to stop by the press conference.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

S.B.P.D. & R.E.A.C.H. a Child! Indiana Announce Joint Press Conference


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

CONTACTS:
Sergeant Lee Ross
South Bend Police Department - Crime Prevention Unit
701 W. Sample Street
South Bend, IN 46601
574-235-7526
LRoss@southbendin.gov
www.southbendpolice.com/community/cp.htm

Mike Roe
Executive Director
With Wings & a Halo - R.E.A.C.H. a Child! Indiana
622 Donmoyer Avenue
South Bend, IN 46614
574-707-2727
michael@reachachild.org
www.withwingsandahalo.org/indiana.html
www.reachachildindiana.blogspot.com [blog]
www.squidoo.com/reachachildindiana [lens]

FASTEST GROWING CRIME PREVENTION PROGRAM IN THE MIDWEST
COMES TO SOUTH BEND, INDIANA

Endorsed by Senator Evan Bayh, as well as Mishawaka and Elkhart Mayors Rea and Moore, With Wings & a Halo - R.E.A.C.H. a Child! Indiana partners with the South Bend Police Department to distribute new children’s books to area children experiencing a crisis situation.

South Bend, IN -- April 22, 2009 -- At 10:00 AM on Tuesday, April 28, the South Bend Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit and With Wings and a Halo - R.E.A.C.H. a Child! Indiana will conduct a joint press conference to announce their partnership in distributing backpacks with new children’s books to South Bend children experiencing a crisis situation. 100 backpacks, each containing 10 - 12 new children’s books will be provided free-of-charge to the department and, ultimately, distributed by various uniformed police cars, the detective bureau and other specialty units within the South Bend Police Department. The press conference will be held at the South Bend Police Department at 701 W. Sample Street in South Bend, Indiana.

The mission of R.E.A.C.H. a Child! Indiana (Reading Enjoyment Affects Childhood Happiness) is to put a smile on the face of a Hoosier child in a time of need. Thanks to the efforts of South Bend Mayor Luecke’s office, specifically those of his Director of Communications, Mikki Dobski, as well as to those of Sergeant Lee Ross of the South Bend Police Department, R.E.A.C.H., the partnership is the first step in fulfilling the 501(c)(3) non-profit's mission in every city across each of Indiana’s 92 counties.

Founded in Waunakee, Wisconsin in late 2007 by Paul and Chris Gilbertson, With Wings and a Halo - R.E.A.C.H. a Child! has since expanded throughout Wisconsin and into California, Nebraska, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan, Tennessee, Ohio, New York and Indiana. R.E.A.C.H. a Child! Indiana provides law enforcement and other first responders (fire/EMS), as well as social workers, with a backpack containing 10-12 new children's books that they can then distribute to children at the scene of a crisis or emergency such as an auto accident, house fire, domestic dispute or natural disaster. Referred to as the B.A.C.K. Packets program (Become a Cheerful Kid), the program does not cost departments a single penny, and does not require any paperwork as to when, why or to whom the books are distributed.

R.E.A.C.H. a Child! Indiana is supported by Hoosiers through the private donation of time, new children’s books and money; booksellers throughout Indiana, such as Olivia Jobe, the Store Manager at Elkhart's Waldenbooks/Borders, that conduct book drives on R.E.A.C.H.’s behalf; corporate donations; and, grants.

For more information about Sergeant Ross and the South Bend Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit or Mike Roe and R.E.A.C.H. a Child! Indiana, please visit www.southbendpolice.com/community/cp.htm or www.withwingsandahalo.org/indiana.html.

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About Sergeant Lee Ross:
Sergeant Lee Ross is with the Crime Prevention Unit of the South Bend Police Department. The S.B.P.D.’s Crime Prevention Unit is tasked with providing citizens in the community with the information, tools and resources to not only keep themselves from becoming a victim of a crime, but also to make South Bend a safer place to live and to do business. A security expert and crime prevention specialist, Sergeant Ross has been interviewed on blogtalkradio.com and has appeared on radio shows such as Let’s Talk Home Security. In 2005, the American Crime Prevention Institute certified Sgt. Ross a Crime Prevention Specialist.

About Mike Roe:
Mike Roe is the Executive Director of With Wings & a Halo - R.E.A.C.H. a Child! Indiana. Born in South Bend, Indiana and a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Mike lived in Los Angeles and San Luis Obispo, California for almost 15 years, where he worked in advertising and marketing as a copywriter. During that time, he concepted campaigns and wrote copy for the motion picture industry, toy companies, interactive gaming publishers, plastic surgeons and Vegas casinos. In 2009, he returned to his home state to head-up the efforts of R.E.A.C.H. a Child! Indiana.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Hoosiers In Elkhart Helping Hoosiers Across the State


We’ve all heard the news about how bad Elkhart’s economy is. Well, here’s some good news. When it comes to lending a helping hand, Hoosier’s there are still willing to lend a helping hand, in the form of donating a book, to help a child in a time of need.

It started when Oliva Jobe, the Store Manager of Elkhart’s Waldenbooks, agreed to hold a book drive during the month of April for R.E.A.C.H. a Child! Indiana. During that time, she and her team collected over 140 books, including:

* Scholastic’s “I Spy Letters & Numbers”
* LIFE’s “Can You Spot the Differences? Original Picture Puzzle”
* “Believe. The Words and Inspiration of Desmond Tutu”
* “Ptolemy’s Gate,” Book Three of Jonathan Stroud’s "Bartimaeus Trilogy"
* Baby Einstein’s “Animal Homes”
* Cranium’s “Data Head Book of Outrageous Fun!” (Illustrations by Baseman)
* Sesame Street’s “Follow Elmo”
* “Incredible 3D Stereograms - Eye Tricks”
* Eric Carle’s “10 Little Rubber Ducks” (Winner of 2003’s Laura Ingall Wilder Award)
* Disney’s “5-Minute Stories of Friendship”
* Ed Emberley’s “Big Purple Drawing Book”
* “The Icky, Sticky and GROSS Fascinating Fact Book”

That’s how it started–Olivia saying “yes." Then, hundreds of other Hoosiers said the same thing. And, that’s truly great. But, it gets even better, because it’s not over. Oliva extended the book drive through the first week of May! So, if you’re looking for a good book to read and you happen to live in or around the area, please visit the Waldenbooks in Elkhart. When you do, be sure to thank Olivia and her team. And, of course, please consider donating a book to R.E.A.C.H. a Child! Indiana.

Thank you, Olivia, and thank you to all of the Elkhart men, women and children who, in donating a new book, helped to make a difference in the lives of over 140 Hoosier children.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Giving Thanks To Indiana Senator Evan Bayh


Senator Evan Bayh has dedicated his life to improving the standard of living for us Hoosiers. He did it as Indiana's Governor. He's doing it now as one of our State's two Senators. And, today, he did it again. And, I got to experience it in person!
Earlier this morning, I enjoyed the opportunity to meet with and present With Wings and a Halo - R.E.A.C.H. a Child! Indiana to David Rozmanich, Senator Bayh's State Director. The meeting took place in the Federal Plaza Building in Hammond, Indiana, just 15 miles east of Chicago. Road trip! After my presentation, Mr. Rozmanich informed me that he was confident Senator Bayh would be pleased to endorse R.E.A.C.H. a Child! Indiana.

Please show your appreciation and contact Senator Bayh, thanking him not only for helping us to help Indiana's first-responders to put a smile on the face of a Hoosier child in a time of need, but also for all that the Senator's done on behalf of the State of Indiana.

UPDATE: I just received Senator Evan Bayh's letter of support. Again, I'd like to thank him for both his time and his support. And, once again, I urge you to thank him for not only endorsing With Wings & a Halo - R.E.A.C.H. a Child! Indiana, but also for all that he's doing in Washington to help Hoosiers.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Save the Dates (And, Thank You Mishawaka and Elkhart!)



Although I've already thanked them both, when you have a moment, please be sure to thank Mishawaka Mayor Rea and Elkhart Mayor Moore for their proclamations. You see, Mayor Rea recently proclaimed October 2009 "R.E.A.C.H. a Child Month" in the City of Mishawaka. For his part, Mayor Rea named June 14, 2009 "With Wings and a Halo - R.E.A.C.H. a Child Awareness Day."

Besides thanking Mayors Rea and Moore for their proclamations, what can Hoosiers do to participate in R.E.A.C.H. a Child Awareness Day and R.E.A.C.H. a Child Month? Lots of things!

* Make a tax-deductible financial contribution (if you have a PayPal account, you can do so in just seconds by using the "Donate" button below)
* Arrange a corporate sponsorship gift
* Join the With Wings and a Halo - R.E.A.C.H. a Child! Indiana facebook cause
* Add a link on your website to With Wings and a Halo – R.E.A.C.H. a Child!
* If you work at a bookstore, consider following Olivia's lead at the Waldenbooks in Elkhart and host a month-long bookdrive on our behalf
* If you attend one of Indiana's colleges or universities and are a member of a student organization, please consider holding a campus-wide bookdrive

As I'm asking for your help in helping Indiana children, as well as the State's first-responders, if I can be of assistance with any of the above, please do not hesitate to email me at either michael@reachachild.org or reachachildindiana@gmail.com.

Take Them Out To the Ball Game... While Helping Raise Money for R.E.A.C.H. a Child! Indiana


The first day of Summer isn't until June 21, 2009, but that doesn't mean you have to wait that long to catch the boys of summer up-close and in-person.

That's because, thanks to the generosity of the South Bend Silver Hawks and their Director of Sales and Marketing, Amy Hill, R.E.A.C.H. a Child! Indiana is currently auctioning 10 Reserved Seat Ticket Vouchers for the South Bend Silver Hawks Good Neighbor Night baseball game to be held on Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 6:30 PM. The opposing team will be the Fort Wayne TinCaps.

UPDATE: Bidding has ended. R.E.A.C.H. a Child! Indiana would like to both congratulate and thank John Magee. Enjoy the game! Of course, our thanks also to Amy at the South Bend Silver Hawks.

Friday, March 27, 2009

There's More Than One Way to Get Children's Books Into Police Cars (This Might Be the Worst)

So, I had just left the Mayor of Mishawaka's office; Mayor Rea had graciously proclaimed October 2009 as "R.E.A.C.H. a Child Month In the City of Mishawaka." Anyway, I'm driving down Grape Road, when I realized that I was traveling a little too fast. Unfortunately, I came to that realization just seconds after a Mishawaka Police Officer had come to the same conclusion. My first thought, of course, was "Should I tell the Officer that I had just left the Mayor's office, and show him the proclamation?" I decided, no.

The Officer informed me that he had clocked me going 42 in a 30. Following standard procedure, he asked to see my driver's license, as well as proof of insurance. I complied. We then talked a bit about my car - 1979 MGB - as well as, its top speed (120). He was very professional and, ultimately, kind, as I was let off with just a warning.

Now, I've spent the last week or so trying to present With Wings and a Halo - R.E.A.C.H. a Child! Indiana to the Mishawaka Police Department. So...

"Mind if I step out of the car to talk to you about something, Officer?"

He didn't. So, I did it. I presented R.E.A.C.H. a Child! to him right there on the shoulder of the busy road. Of course, he loved it! We traded business cards, and he requested that I email him, so he can get me in touch with the right people in the department.

Is it better to be good or lucky? Best to be both. Today, though, I'm just thankful for the chance encounter... and for not being issued a ticket.

Monday, March 23, 2009

ICC Seeks O/WS. Indiana Children's Charity Seeks Office/Warehouse Space (South Bend/Mishawaka/Elkhart)

With Wings and a Halo - R.E.A.C.H. a Child! Indiana - a 501(c)(3) charitable organization - is looking for an generous individual or organization to donate a small office and/or warehouse space (of course, we can provide you with the necessary paperwork to document your donation).

Although I travel all around our state, I live in Northern Indiana, so my preference would be that the small office and/or warehouse space be located in either LaPorte, St. Joseph or Elkhart counties. The warehouse space is needed to store the new books that are donated to our non-profit.

Although With Wings and a Halo - R.E.A.C.H. a Child! is the fastest growing crime prevention program in the Midwest, we depend on the generosity of book sellers, as well as foundations/grants and private donations to accomplish our mission to put a smile on the face of a child in a time of need.

If you can help, please do not hesitate to contact me at either michael@reachachild.org or reachachildindiana@gmail.com.

R.E.A.C.H. a Child! on Club TNT (Today, Not Tomorrow)

With Wings and a Halo - R.E.A.C.H. a Child! is making a difference in Wisconsin. If they can do it there, we can certainly do it here in Indiana!

At With Wings and a Halo - R.E.A.C.H. a Child! (Reading Enjoyment Affects Childhood Happiness), our mission is to put a smile on the face of a child in a time of need. Additionally, our goals are to: (1) provide an escape to children in a traumatic situation (2) promote literacy, while instilling a love of reading in children (3) prevent crime by improving relationships between police and the public, and (4) keep perfectly good – and new – books out of landfills.

Named the largest and fastest growing crime prevention program in the Midwest, With Wings and a Halo – R.E.A.C.H. a Child! Indiana provides law enforcement and other first responders, as well as social workers, with a backpack containing 10-12 new children’s books they can then distribute to children at the scene of a crisis or emergency such as an auto accident, house fire, domestic dispute or natural disaster.

Thanks to donations from people just like you, today, With Wings and a Halo – R.E.A.C.H. a Child! has expanded across the country, and is helping children in California, Nebraska, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan, Tennessee, Ohio, New York and, of course, right here in Indiana.

Learn how you can help put a smile on the face of a Hoosier child in a time of need by contacting me now at either michael@reachachild.org or reachachildindiana@gmail.com.

The Story of With Wings and a Halo - R.E.A.C.H. a Child! Indiana

At With Wings and a Halo - R.E.A.C.H. a Child! (Reading Enjoyment Affects Childhood Happiness), our mission is to put a smile on the face of a child in a time of need. Additionally, our goals are to: (1) provide an escape to children in a traumatic situation (2) promote literacy, while instilling a love of reading in children (3) prevent crime by improving relationships between police and the public, and (4) keep perfectly good – and new – books out of landfills.

Named the largest and fastest growing crime prevention program in the Midwest, With Wings and a Halo – R.E.A.C.H. a Child! Indiana provides law enforcement and other first responders, as well as social workers, with a backpack containing 10-12 new children’s books they can then distribute to children at the scene of a crisis or emergency such as an auto accident, house fire, domestic dispute or natural disaster.

Founded in Waunakee, WI in late 2007 by Paul and Chris Gilbertson, With Wings and a Halo – R.E.A.C.H a Child! was almost immediately adopted by various Wisconsin state, county and city services. In fact, for many police units in Wisconsin, when an officer graduates from the police academy, he or she is issued four items – a badge, handcuffs, a gun and one of our backpacks containing the new books.

Thanks to generous donations from people just like you, With Wings and a Halo – R.E.A.C.H. a Child! has expanded across the country, and is helping children in California, Nebraska, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan, Tennessee, Ohio, New York and, of course, right here in Indiana.

Thanks so much for considering lending your support to With Wings and a Halo – R.E.A.C.H. a Child! Indiana.