Young Girl's Sweet Gesture Touches Cops Across The Nation

Arianna Nichols, of Illinois, is an 8-year-old girl who received Perler beads for her birthday in August. Since then, she decided to use them to make crosses and send them to police officers in every U.S. state.

Arianna first handed out her handmade crosses to fellow church members, local restaurant workers and neighbors. She got her idea when a friend shared that her husband is a cop.

Her mom, Laura Nichols, stated, "Arianna said 'Can you take one to protect him? Arianna gave her a handful and told her to give them to all the people he works with to protect them." The first police department that Arianna provided her crosses to was the Madison County Sheriff’s Department in Illinois at the end of September.

Nichols went on to write "From there, Arianna was like 'I want to give more, I want to protect more,' so I started reaching out to friends with spouses who are police officers."

Once she ran out of contacts, she started messaging different police departments on Facebook. Georgia. Capt. Greg Perry of the Snellville Police Department in Snellville said it was "truly heartwarming" to receive their 31 crosses for all of their patrol officers a couple of weeks ago.

Perry went on to say "We are very humbled by her precious and loving act. We wish her the best in spreading such a positive message to those in the public safety profession, and feel blessed to be involved with what she has started."

Capt. Carey Roberts, also of the Snellville Police Department, added that he and his fellow officers were "awed” by Arianna's "big heart," especially since it was a "very difficult time for law enforcement."

Arianna has since sent 6,087 crosses to 90 departments in 30 states, and even one department overseas, in Sydney, Australia.

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