WESTWOOD, N.J. — When Odessa Ibrahim's 8-year-old son asked her why guns were all over the news lately, the Westwood mom knew she had to find a new way to open up that conversation.
Ibrahim sent an email to parents in the community suggesting their youngsters deliver cookies, cupcakes and "thank you" notes to borough police.
"I wanted to send a positive sign to our children," the mother of three told Daily Voice.
The youngsters descended on headquarters with police-themed treats and handwritten notes — including one that read: "Thank you for saving lives."
"One of my friends baked little police car cupcakes," Ibrahim said. "It was really cute."
"The way things have been around the country, it was fantastic for the department to get that kind of special recognition," Police Chief Frank Regino told Daily Voice. "We're so grateful.
"We have a whole pile of notes thanking us for keeping them safe. How great is that?"