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State police troopers receive 'smile bags' from northern Indiana 6th-grader

Indiana State Police troopers will be able to give kids a few more smiles thanks to a generous donation from a 6th-grade girl.
Addison Brown presents state troopers at the Lowell post with "smile bags" to give to children in need. (Indiana State Police)

LOWELL, Ind. (WTHR) — Indiana State Police troopers will be able to give kids a few more smiles thanks to a generous donation from a 6th-grade girl.

Addison Brown started making "smile bags" when she noticed a classmate going through a hard time. She knew her classmate just needed a helping hand, so she reached out. That sparked a passion to help others during their time of need.

Brown started making bags that include items like a dry erase board and marker, tissues, books, toys and handwritten notes of encouragement. She assembles the bags then delivers them to local law enforcement agencies, who can give them to children in need during traumatic events.

State troopers in Lowell are the sixth agency to receive the bags. With help from the Rotary club of Lowell, Brown gave the department 60 bags.

As a reward for her generosity, the department presented Brown with a District #13 Challenge Coin and patches.

To read more about Brown's smile bags, visit milesofmanysmiles.wixsite.com.