Real Life Heroes Join Forces
posted on Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Real life heroes have joined forces with Henry’s Heroes thanks to the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation’s new Law Enforcement Comfort Kits.
Last year, the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation launched Henry’s Heroes, a program inspired by Henry Johnson, Jeff and Deb Hansen’s first grandchild and the son of Natalie and Jake Johnson. Each year on Henry’s birthday, Natalie will select a new toy and twist to the program.
Henry turned TWO on Monday and to celebrate, Natalie added Law Enforcement Comfort Kits to the Henry’s Heroes program. Compact in design, the kits are designed to be portable and easily tossed into an officer’s cruiser as part of their standard equipment.
Law enforcement in the 55 counties where Iowa Select Farms has farms are eligible to receive Henry’s Heroes Law Enforcement Comfort Kits.
“Right now, Henry loves anything to do with Thomas the Train,” Natalie said. “So, we have included some Thomas the Train items in each kit. We hope these kits will help our brave men and women in law enforcement provide comfort to children in times of need.”
In addition to the Thomas the Train toy, each Henry’s Heroes 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.
“Some of the most difficult calls we go on involve children and these kits will help decrease trauma and bring some calm to these kids going through a difficult time,” reflected Hardin County Sheriff Dave McDaniel. “These kits are a welcome addition to our standard equipment.”
During Henry’s Birthday week, Sheriffs departments in Grundy, Butler, Wright, Carroll and Greene counties will receive comfort kits.
“We are so grateful for this donation and will put these kits to good use. We could have used these recently,” said Grundy County Deputy BJ Jorgensen when receiving the comfort kits, “We had an eight-year-old in an accident and she was really scared.”
According to the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance, “Treating a child with compassion and thoughtfulness is not only the proper thing to do, it is also a hallmark of good policing that can have long-term positive benefits for the child and the community.”
Henry’s Heroes Comfort Kits provide law enforcement an additional tool in their diverse policing responsibilities.
Law enforcement from eligible counties may place an order by visiting our website: https://www.iowaselect.com/foundation/comfortkits/
Counties where Iowa Select Farms has farms or an office are eligible: Adams, Audubon, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buena Vista, Butler, Calhoun, Carroll, Cherokee, Clarke, Clay, Crawford, Dallas, Davis, Decatur, Emmet, Floyd, Franklin, Greene, Grundy, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Howard, Humboldt, Ida, Keokuk, Kossuth, Lucas, Lyon, Madison, Mahaska, Marshall, Mitchell, Monona, Montgomery, Obrien, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Pocahontas, Polk, Pottawattamie, Poweshiek, Ringgold, Sac, Story, Tama, Taylor, Union, Wayne, Webster, Winnebago, Woodbury, and Wright.
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