LMPD wives sending homemade gifts to each officer

Published: Jul. 21, 2016 at 4:00 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 21, 2016 at 4:24 AM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A special group of women are giving their own time and money to say thank you to Louisville police.
Wives of LMPD officers spent Tuesday giving out "survival kits" to officers at LMPD First Division. This was the first stop for these women who are on a mission.
"We want to encourage them to be brave and courageous," LMPD wife Jessica Allen said.
Allen suggested the idea to other officer wives and the gifts took a life of their own.
"The bags have candies in them that represent things that help them through the day or night, whatever shift they work," Allen said.
The kits hold miscellaneous items with special messages attached, such as "Life Savers: to remind the officers of every time they've been one," "Starbursts: for that burst of energy you'll need," "Paper clip: to help hold it all together."
Dawn Beahl and her daughter were among the first group of wives to deliver the kits to LMPD's First Division, where her husband works.
"They were very shocked, but they were very appreciative," Beahl said. "We're all behind them and they need to know that, 110 percent."
As their husbands represent the thin blue line in brotherhood, these women have created their own bond too.
"Uniting as wives, as LMPD wives," Allen said.
The wives are spending their own money to add loving touches to every "survival kit." The time they're spending together is something Allen said is much needed.
"It's a joy and an outlet for some of us to kind of express our feeling and what we're experiencing at home," Allen said.
LMPD's First Division Officer Matt Sanders understands that his job affects his whole family.
"For them to be our backbone, speaks volumes," Sanders said. "They're the reason we get up every day, put the badge on our chest and go to work."
Sanders found his survival kit waiting for him at the police station Wednesday morning.
"It is not a small token of appreciation, it is a large token of appreciation," Sanders said.
The wives have delivered 140 so far and have 1,100 more in the making. They're hoping to have all of the kits delivered by the end of this week.
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