Wednesday, April 29, 2009
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.