- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 22, 2020

A single mother with only $7 to her name decided to donate her scratch-off winnings to a Kansas City police officer who was shot in the line of duty, and now the police department is returning the favor.

On July 10, the Kansas City Missouri Police Department said it received an anonymous phone call from a woman who said she wanted to donate $100 to the officer, who was in critical condition at the time after being shot in the head on July 2.

“She went on to say she lives in the urban core of Kansas City, and her daughter was murdered in 2012. She said the detectives who worked her daughter’s case were like her therapists, fathers, and lifelines all in one,” police wrote in a GoFundMe page for the woman. “With her current financial hardship, we urged her to keep the money. She refused, saying the officer’s family needed it, and police needed to know they were supported.”

The police department set up the GoFundMe page in hopes of finding the anonymous donor on July 10. On Friday, it announced it had finally tracked her down.

The woman, later identified as Shetara Sims, told local media she lost her job due to the coronavirus pandemic and had only $7 to her name when came across a stroke of good luck and found a $1 bill on the ground. She said she used that money to buy a scratch-off ticket and ended up winning $100.

“She won $100 and I said we should donate it to the police officer that got shot,” the woman’s daughter, Rakiya Edmondson, told a local ABC affiliate.

In turn, the police department has raised more than $50,000 for Ms. Sims, whom it described as a “woman with a heart of gold.”

“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 told the ABC affiliate.

Meanwhile, the wounded officer was upgraded from critical to stable condition last week and is doing physical therapy, the department said.

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