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ST. JACOB, IL (KTVI) - Brooklyn Illinois police got a special package that melted their hearts last Wednesday. 8-year-old Arianna Nichols from St. Jacob Illinois started a quest to thank police and fire fighters for their hard work.  The third grader has been making plastic crosses for emergency crews from California to New York. Nichols sends the special packages via mail along with a letter of inspiration. She's been molding the crosses since September and says it all comes from the heart.

'I made crosses to spread God’s word is peace kindness love joy patience hope and faith.' said Nichols

Arianna wanted to give crews a little extra protection on the job. According to her list so far she`s sent 2,100 crosses to 52 departments in 14 states.

'The blue crosses are for officers they are blue bloods and sometimes the black is for fallen officers." said Nichols

One of her packages made it to the Brooklyn Police Department.

Police Chief Calvin Hammond says all 12 of his officers keep them in their wallets and pockets close to their hearts.

'People still do care about police officers and their safety. For a kid to do something like that should give adults a chance to do the same.' said Hammond

Like other departments, Hammond has one message for a little girl who left a big impression on his staff.

"Thank you and hopefully the world can wake up and realize what she`s trying to do and help us as well. ‘Hammond said

'I hope my crosses help protect you." Nichols said

Nichols is planning to send packages to every state in the U.S.