A single mother, who was going through a lot of challenges, won the lottery and decided to donate the winnings to a police officer fighting for his life in the intensive care unit.
Shetara Sims, a mother of one, was having a difficult time coping after she lost her job because of the Coronavirus pandemic.
One day Sims was walking by the grocery store when she found a $1 bill at the parking lot. She used the money to buy a scratch-off ticket and ended up winning $100 from the ticket.
Sim’s 12-year-old daughter, Rakiya, suggested that they donate the winnings to a Missouri police officer who was shot in the line of duty and remains in ICU.
“She won $100, and I said we should donate it to the police officer that got shot for his family to go eat and see him,” Rakiya said. Sims agreed with her daughter and went ahead to donate the money anonymously.
Single Mom Donates Lottery Winnings to Police In ICU
Sims knows the lengths that police officers go for the communities they serve. She saw that firsthand back in 2012 when her daughter, Rakiya’s sister, was murdered in Kansas City.
She said the detectives were there for her family more than anyone.
“[The officers] came to see my kids. They did a lot. They were fathers, therapists, they were everything. I’ve never seen the empathy that they had from strangers. They just gave us hope. They were good for us.”
After donating the money to the police, officers from the Kansas City Missouri Police Department appreciated her act of kindness so much and spent days tracking her down.
“To hear her call and just express thanks for no reason other than she’s thankful, it’s really impactful to us, and it’s really touching to us,” said police Sgt. Jake Becchina.
Once they identified Sims, the police officers started a GoFundMe donation in order to raise money to help Sims and her family through the hard times.
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