Henry's Heroes Comfort Kits Help Franlklin County & Hampton Police

posted on Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Franklin CoHampton Police

The Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation and Iowa Select Farms are donating more Henry's Heroes Law Enforcement Comfort Kits, including visits to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office and Hampton Police Department.

"These kits will help to put children at ease in bad situations," said Aaron Dodd Franklin County Sheriff.. "We have had been carrying teddy bears around for years to use during car accidents or if families are stranded along side the road. Now, with the unfortunate rise of substance abuse and mental health challenges in our community, these kits will be helpful as we care for the children whose parents are in need of help."

Henry’s Heroes Comfort Kits provide law enforcement an additional tool in their diverse policing responsibilities.

"These kits will be put to good use - from various family situations we encounter to victims of fires or other disasters," said Hampton Police Chief Robert Schaefer. "These kits provide the simplest thing needed in those times of crisis, which is something to hold onto to make them feel cared for and put at ease."

Henry’s Heroes was inspired by Henry Johnson, Jeff and Deb Hansen’s grandchild and the son of Natalie and Jake Johnson. Each year, on Henry’s birthday, Natalie selects a new toy and component of the program. In 2020, Henry turned 2 and Natalie added the Law Enforcement Comfort Kits. Included in each kit is a toy featuring two-year-old Henry’s favorite character of the time: Thomas the Train.

In addition to the Thomas the Train toy, each compact kit includes two children-sized blankets, tissues, pacifiers, lip balm, and two stuffed animals. With feedback from law enforcement, the Foundation will continue to modify the kit contents. Law enforcement in the 55 counties where Iowa Select Farms has farms are eligible to receive Henry’s Heroes Law Enforcement Comfort Kits.