8-year-old girl gives care packages to police

Alanna Brown had plenty to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, including the dedicated service of Georgetown’s police officers. To show her appreciation for their work, she assembled 30 care packages full of items they may need while on duty.

This is the third year Alanna, an 8-year-old Georgetown resident, has created the packages, which included Hersey kisses, gum, mints, Chap Stick, a granola bar and a pen. However, she and her mom, Bethany Brown, have been making holiday treats for police officers and firefighters since Alanna was a toddler.

“I always thought about police and firefighters who work the holidays, because they’re out doing things while we’re at home,” Bethany said. “Alanna and I wanted to do this as a nice thank you to our first responders.”

The two have even donated their time to Our Neighbors’ Table - an organization based in Amesbury that operates four pantry locations, serves 150 guests a week and provides groceries to more than 300 homes in 12 communities in the area - and enjoy giving back to their community.

“I like helping people,” Alanna said.

Alanna and her mom dropped off the packages to the Georgetown police station on Nov. 22 and were met with thanks from officers. Alanna even got a Georgetown Police Department bracelet to wear as a token of their appreciation.

“These Thanksgiving treats really made our day,” Police Chief Donald C. Cudmore said. “We’re so thankful for residents like Alanna who take time out of their day to do something nice for members of this department.”