The Erie County Sheriff's Office received a donation of $3,000 worth of books and supplies from the Books to the Rescue organization.
The Domestic Violence Unit, Road Patrol, and Detectives will have access to these books to use in cases involving children.
Hilary Ruckdaschel, a local organizer of Books to the Rescue, reached out to the Sheriff's Office late last year about the donation. At the last county legislation meeting, the Sheriff's Office received the green light to accept the books and supplies.
“This is another tool my deputies can use to provide aid and comfort to children who were present at a disturbance or victim of a horrible crime. A large part of my Deputies’ job is to provide care to victims and books can calm a child and help them recover,” said Sheriff Howard.
Books to the Rescue began in Ohio in 2015. The now nationwide program helps child victims " by placing books in police vehicles, fire and EMS trucks, domestic violence units, hospitals, court systems, victim advocacy centers, foster care programs, and many other agencies that assist child victims."