Batavia, N.Y. A community wide initiative to help kids that are in all different kinds of crisis situations is being addressed by all different people including the Batavia Police Department.
Officers are now involved with the “Books to the Rescue program” which began in Ohio. Officers from Batavia are the first in the area that will be working with the company Usborne Books and More and director of the Genesee County Books to the Rescue according to Tiffany Ivison.
Officers will be given bags of books which are filled with $250 worth of books for all ages, and include activity books, sticker books and chapter books. Children are able to keep the books, and they are given out at the responder’s discretion.
“The main book that comes in every bag is actually a set. (The Whatif monster) is the logo for Books to the Rescue, which is the story of “Jonathan James and the Whatif Monster.” (The children) would get (a plush of the Whatif monster), this book inside of a little carry bag. The whole point of this book is to help ease anxiety.”
Ivison’s goal is to deliver the books in the first week in November. Her hope is to expand the program to the rest of the county and to work with any department that deals with children in crisis situations.
For community members who wish to donate to the cause, she said the best way to help is to donate. To donate, people should write a check to United Way with Books to the Rescue in the attention line.
“(Books to the Rescue) is a way to provide comfort. It’s a way to strengthen relations between first responders and the community, and the biggest part is to provide comfort and distraction to kids,” Ivison said.
For more information or to make a donation, contact either the United Way at (585) 343-8141 or Tiffany Ivison at (585) 813-3142 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: The Daily News