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About the Kid Kit Program: Bringing Comfort to Children in Stressful Times

Local Girl Scout Troop Creates Kit for Police Cruisers Using Cookie Sales.

A Southern California Girl Scout Troop used proceeds from their cookie sales to help children facing difficult and stressful situations. The "Kid Kits" are full of toys for kids of various ages, and will be carried in Manhattan Beach Police Department and Redondo Beach Police Department vehicles. They are stored in the back of the police cruiser alongside other essentials like yellow caution tape, drug overdose kits, and flares. 

The Kid Kits contain items that officers can use to help comfort children who may be traumatized.

"As police officers we see traffic accidents every day," says Officer Kristie Colombo from the Manhattan Beach Police Department. "But for a child, that incident can be extremely traumatic. This is one of the situations where a child can pick items from the kit. Our thought is, that it will help soothe them and make them feel like everything will be OK."

When the kits start getting sparse, the local Girl Scout Troop (Troop #2205) will restock them using additional money from their cookie sales.

The yellow hard case is made by a company called Pelican that donated them for this cause. Pelican cases are also used for the drug overdose kits that police currently carry in their trunks.

"We hope they will eventually be used by police in Hermosa, too, and then, maybe worldwide," says one of the girls from the Girl Scouts Troop 2205.

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