The world is repaying her for her act of kindness toward the police officer and his family.
Shetara Sims, a single mother in Kansas City, Missouri, recently came into the possession of $100. Before she did, she had just $7 left to her name. Then, in the parking lot of a grocery store, she found a $1 bill. She took it and used it to purchase the lottery ticket with which she won the $100.
Though she and her family were in great need of the money, they decide to pay it forward.
Sims has a 12-year-old named Rakiya Edmondson. It was Rakiya’s idea that they take their lottery winnings and donate them. A police officer in their community had recently been shot, so Rakiya said they should donate the $100 to his family.
The decision to give the officer’s family the money was based on their family’s heartbreaking personal experiences. Sims had another, older daughter, and in 2012, she was killed. They had a positive experience with the police department then:
The detectives were really there for us. They were there for us more than anyone I can imagine. They did things they didn’t have to do. They came to see my kids. They did a lot. They were fathers, therapists. They were everything.Shetara Sims
So, Sims made the donation, and she did so anonymously.
But the officers, struck by her kindness, figured out her identity and set up a page for her on GoFundMe. As of today, it has more than three thousand donations, totalling more than $100,000 for the single mother.
The police department referred to Sims’ deed as a “wonderful act of humanity.” The hurt officer remains in the ICU, but Sims and Rakiya had a meeting with his colleagues.
Sims, who has been out of work for a month, will have much less trouble paying her bills now.
Article source: CNN
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