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Girl, 7, on mission to show thanks to police meets wife of fallen officer whose story inspired her quest

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Laurie and Abby meet Meghan Jacobs, wife of fallen Greenville Police Officer Allen Jacobs (FOX Carolina: 3/8/18). Laurie and Abby meet Meghan Jacobs, wife of fallen Greenville Police Officer Allen Jacobs (FOX Carolina: 3/8/18).
Meghan Jacobs presented handmade gifts to Abby (FOX Carolina: 3/8/18). Meghan Jacobs presented handmade gifts to Abby (FOX Carolina: 3/8/18).
Meghan Jacobs had this sign made for Abby (FOX Carolina: 3/8/18). Meghan Jacobs had this sign made for Abby (FOX Carolina: 3/8/18).
Chief Ken Miller speaks with Abby (second from right) at the Law Enforcement Center (FOX Carolina/ March 8, 2018) Chief Ken Miller speaks with Abby (second from right) at the Law Enforcement Center (FOX Carolina/ March 8, 2018)
Meghan Jacobs gave a bracelet she once wore to Abby (FOX Carolina: 3/8/18). Meghan Jacobs gave a bracelet she once wore to Abby (FOX Carolina: 3/8/18).
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A girl whose nationwide campaign to show appreciation for law enforcement officers began after she learned of a Greenville police officer’s passing returned to Greenville on Thursday to meet the fallen officer’s family.

The Greenville Police Department said 7-year-old Abby K. was visiting Greenville in March 2017 for a home school convention when she saw news coverage of the one-year anniversary of Officer Allen Jacobs’ death. Jacobs was fatally shot on March 18, 2016.

Abby was moved by the coverage and the way the law enforcement community marked the remembrance, leading her on a quest to show her support.

"She wanted to know why the only time police officers were in the news was if they either were killed in the line of duty or do they do something wrong. And she said, they do so much right I want that out there," said Laurie K.

Abby began making goody bags that she and her family delivered to law enforcement agencies across the country. The goody bags contain food, drinks, cool towels, hot hands, and other treats.

“Since the family's Greenville trip last March, Abby has met more than 300 law enforcement officers affiliated with 15 different agencies in five states and distributed these goody bags all along the way,” said Donald Porter, a spokesman for the police department.

One of the Greenville Police Officers who met Abby on her journey Thursday said her mission makes a big difference.

"The warmth and support that comes from receiving something like that from someone who is so young, but mature enough to recognize what she wants to do and appreciates and to get her parents to help her get that together, it just feels really nice to have that support," said Master Patrol Officer R. Hall.

Abby arrived in Greenville to once again honor the police department that inspired this quest, and she received a special surprise.

Meghan Jacobs, Officer Allen Jacobs' widow, was in attendance to surprise Abby and thank her and her family for the ongoing support and encouragement of law enforcement officers everywhere.

Abby's mother Laurie said it was a great surprise.

"Makes me tear up now. It was overwhelming. It was wonderful to meet her and she was so kind and so gracious and it was just so humbling that she wanted to meet Abby, it really touched us a lot," said Laurie.

Meghan released a statement to FOX Carolina News after the meeting: 

“I received an email 2 days ago about a little girl who is only 7 years old. She has met over 305 police officers from roughly 15 agencies. This little girl came to Greenville, SC today. I had no words when I read the email that her older sister had written for her. When I read that My Husband, my hero, Officer Allen Jacobs, encouraged a 7-year-old girl named Abby to present goody bags to as many officers as possible from all different agencies, I was overcome with emotion and felt a great sense of admiration and love. With Allen's 2 year anniversary coming near, Abby, please know this meant the world to me and my family. I hope you are given the chance to continue your mission. Thank you so much for everything you have and continue to do for our blue family. I have no doubt in my mind with your determination to succeed in your dream. I hope to meet the future Canine Deputy Abby. Thank you to Abby’s siblings and parents for supporting this amazing quest of Abby’s to honor our thin blue line!”

The Greenville Police Department also presented a goody bag of their own to Abby to show their thanks.

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