Nonprofit makes ‘hero bags’ for children on the spectrum, first responders

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — In 2019, a collaboration of family members, advocates, professionals and people on the spectrum got together to start the nonprofit Elevate the Spectrum.

Thursday morning, Kristina Martinez and Tarra Main shared the group’s push to get every first responder in the state "hero bags."

Oftentimes, first responders have blankets or stuffed animals with them on calls.

Hero bags have different types of toys that might be helpful for people living on the spectrum. There’s also a whiteboard for kids who might be nonverbal or become nonverbal in stressful situations.

Each bag costs about $10. The group hopes to get hero bags into the hands of every first responder across the state. So far, they’ve already delivered bags to firefighters and police officers in Rio Rancho.

Watch part one and two of the interview below:

[anvplayer video=”5040767″ station=”998127″]

[anvplayer video=”5040772″ station=”998127″]

To help their cause or contact the group, call (505) 589-4337 or email