Single Mom With $7 To Her Name Donates Lottery Winnings To Police Officer Shot In The Line Of Duty

Written by K. Walker on July 23, 2020

This is an incredible story!

Shetara Sims from Kansas City, Missouri is a single mom who lost her job during the COVID lockdown. She’s also African American. (I mention this because it apparently matters to the intersectional, race-obsessed people on the left.)

As previously mentioned, this mom was down on her luck. She was so down on her luck, in fact, that she only had $7 left to her name and bills that were past due. Shetara found a dollar in a grocery store parking lot and decided to buy a scratch-off lottery ticket. Her luck had flipped. She won $100.

Instead of keeping the money for herself, Shetara’s 12-year old daughter, Rakiya, suggested that they donate the money to a police officer who had been shot in the line of duty on July 2. Shetara agreed that this would be the best use for the windfall she stumbled upon, so she called the Kansas City Police Department and said that she wanted to donate the money. She explained how she got the windfall and that she lost her job last month due to the COVID lockdown. When the officers heard this, they told her to keep the money, but Shetara insisted.

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The thing was, Shetara called from an unlisted number and didn’t leave her name. It took a while, but the KCPD found Shetara.

What had moved the officers so much wasn’t just the donation she was giving when she was so urgently in need herself, it was her reason for doing it.

(Get yourself a tissue, you’re gonna need it.)

It turns out that Shetara Sims was adamant to give back to the police force that did so much for her and her family several years ago. Shetara had a daughter that was killed in Kansas City in 2012, and the police helped her through the tragic death. She told KCPD that the officer’s family needed the money more than she did and that police need to know that there are people in the community that supported them.

“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,” Sims said.

The officers sent daily messages, family visits and more.

“They came to see my kids. They did a lot. They were fathers, therapists. They were everything,” Sims said.

When Sims donated to help the wounded officer, police were overwhelmed.

“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,” police Sgt. Jake Becchina said.

Source: KMBC News 9

The KCPD decided to pay it forward and created a GoFundMe page for Shetara and her family. Then, they shared the link and the story behind the crowdfunding on their Facebook page:

Today, Shetara and her daughter Rakiya came to meet some of coworkers of the officer who was critically wounded. They also were there during the shooting. Shetara and Rakiya are the ones who had little money, but after finding a dollar in a grocery store parking lot used it to buy a lottery ticket that ended up winning $100 and then decided to donate it to the wounded officer. They are the ones whom so many people wanted to help after hearing their story of profound selflessness. It took a while to find them, but we’re so glad we did, and we’re so glad they got to meet the wounded officer’s coworkers and friends. (And because so many people reached out wanting to help Shetara and her daughter, we set up this GoFundMe page: gf.me/u/ygr4ya). You can see more of their story tonight on TV news.

At the time of this writing, the KCPD’s GoFundMe for Shetara, Helping the Woman with a Heart of Gold, has raised over $106,000 for Shetara and her family in just 7 days. This is more than 10 times their original goal of $10,000.

It looks like there are more people in America with “Hearts of Gold” just like Shetara.

ClashDaily's Associate Editor since August 2016. Self-described political junkie, anti-Third Wave Feminist, and a nightmare to the 'intersectional' crowd. Mrs. Walker has taken a stand against 'white privilege' education in public schools. She's also an amateur Playwright, former Drama teacher, and staunch defender of the Oxford comma. Follow her humble musings on Twitter: @TheMrsKnowItAll