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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- Thank you, a simple word that a 9-year-old girl hopes to spread. Riley Brooks created cards and pins to hand out at her local police station.

The card reads: "Thank you for what you do. I pray you stay safe."

Hand crafting each card might be a little tedious and even a little dangerous. But it’s worth it Riley; the thank you letters are for the Independence police officers

“They’re getting hurt a lot and I thought this would be nice for them,” said Riley.

She’s turned parts of a blue feather boa into what she calls angel wings. She captured the wings in a pin and attached it to each card. That way our protectors will be protected by their own guardians.

“Sometimes people do things they’re not supposed to do and cops go after them so people can stay safe,” she said.

After the hard work, comes the best part. Riley and her mom drove to the police station to hand out the cards. It’s the reaction that Riley looks forward to the most. By doing this, she hopes the police officers know they’re appreciated.

Independence police awarded Riley with a medal for her hard work in the community.