Kirsten Bridegan, the widow of Jared Bridegan, visited the Palatka Police Department recently with members of her family and other area law enforcement officers to deliver a “Bexley Box” to the Department in honor of her late husband, who was the victim of homicide in February 2022.

The Bexley Boxes, which contain stuffed animals, toys, coloring books, diapers and other items, have been distributed to law enforcement agencies across the county in memory of Jared Bridegan and in honor of his daughter Bexley, who was with her father the night of his death. The boxes contain items to comfort children like Bexley, now three years old, who have to spend an extended time in the care of law enforcement after a tragedy.

Police Chief Jason Shaw said he “would like to thank Kristen and the Bridegan Foundation for the wonderful gift. We will put it to good use as we serve the families and children within our community.”

Jared’s family created the Bridegan Foundation, which will work to ensure every law enforcement agency that wants a comfort box will receive one. Another Bexley Box was given to the Jacksonville Beach Police Department.

For more information on the Bridegan Foundation, visit