INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - A 17-year-old girl is doing her part to help soothe children who have gone through a traumatic event.
Claire Helmen donated 600 blankets to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department as part of her self-created charitable organization Claire's Comfort for Kids.
Helmen says when she was in the sixth grade she came up with the idea after she asked her mom about what happened to kids involved in domestic violence situations.
She says she came up with the idea to make blankets as a way of giving them a big warm hug.
On Monday, she was at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis with dozens of boxes containing the blankets, which were then donated to IMPD.
"The blankets, they're just – they're comfy and, you know, kids can hold on to them, and they're warm, and it's not something that, you know, that they have to give them back, they get to keep them and sleep with them and do whatever," she said.
Helmon is now a senior at Bishop Chatard and says she has created a total of 3,600 blankets.
She is also a former Children's Museum Power of Children Award winner, who was recognized for her creation of this program.
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