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Ill. girl sends beaded crosses to LPD

8-year-old Arianna Nichols is making Perler bead crosses for police departments in every state. (Source Laura Nichols/ABC) 8-year-old Arianna Nichols is making Perler bead crosses for police departments in every state. (Source Laura Nichols/ABC)
LPD Chief James Smith holds a beaded cross while standing next to FOP Auxiliary president Samantha Hally. (Source Lawton Police Department) LPD Chief James Smith holds a beaded cross while standing next to FOP Auxiliary president Samantha Hally. (Source Lawton Police Department)
A collection of beaded crosses made by Arianna Nichols. (Source Laura Nichols/ABC) A collection of beaded crosses made by Arianna Nichols. (Source Laura Nichols/ABC)

LAWTON, OK (KSWO) – A young girl from Illinois is one step closer to her goal of sending crosses to police departments in every state.

Eight-year-old Arianna Nichols started making crosses out of Perler beads in August 2015 and made it her mission to send the handmade crosses to police departments in all 50 states. Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary president Samantha Hally heard about Nichols’ project through social media and reached out to her.

The Lawton Police Department received 180 handmade beaded crosses from 8-year-old Arianna Nichols Saturday. Each officer will receive one of the crosses that Nichols hopes will help keep them safe.

LPD is the first police department in Oklahoma to receive the crosses.

You can learn more about Arianna's quest to send crosses to police departments on her Facebook page.

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