Eden Prairie girl makes 'Survival Kits for Police'

- At a time when tensions between civilians and police have been nothing short of tumultuous, one little girl spent a week making sure this Halloween our local officers not only feel appreciated, but also know they are supported and protected. 

Alyssa Hodo, 7, stopped by the Eden Prairie Police Department on Thursday to deliver a basket full of hand-made Survival Kits for Police. Each kit included the following note: “My name is Alyssa. I have autism. I don’t have a lot of friends. I want to be your friend. You are very brave. I made you gifts. Your buddy, Alyssa.”

“It was heartwarming. It really was. That day, she gained 101 more friends and that's sworn in and civilians here,” Officer Heather Schenk said.

The Eden Prairie Police Department posted photos of the survival kits on their Facebook page, thanking Hodo for her gifts and thoughtfulness.

The story spread quickly on Facebook. Hodo’s dad, Chris, said Eden Prairie police told him to tell his daughter she now has 89,500 new friends.

Hodo said she has a couple more projects in mind. She plans to make biscuits for the Eden Prairie Police Department K9s and will also make gifts for the city's firefighters.

As for what those will be? For now, it’s a surprise.

What’s in a police survival kit?
Lifesaver, to remind you of the many times you’ve been one.
Starburst, for the burst of energy that you need.
100 Grand, since you’re not doing it for the money.
Hershey Kisses, to show our love to you.
Gum, to help everyone stick together.
Tootsie Roll, because you have to roll with the punches.
Peppermint Patty, helping you keep your cool.
Snickers, to help keep your humor.
Mounds, for the mounds of courage you show.

“It was heartwarming. It really was. That day, she gained 101 more friends and that's sworn in and civilians here,” Officer Heather Schenk said.

The Eden Prairie Police Department posted photos of the survival kits on their Facebook page, thanking Hodo for her gifts and thoughtfulness.

The story spread quickly on Facebook. Hodo’s dad, Chris, said Eden Prairie police told him to tell his daughter she now has 89,500 new friends.

Hodo said she has a couple more projects in mind. She plans to make biscuits for the Eden Prairie Police Department K9s and will also make gifts for the city's firefighters.

As for what those will be? For now, it’s a surprise.


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