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Single, broke mom donates lottery prize to cop who was shot; he returns the favor

The police department set up a GoFundMe for the woman, which has since raised over $100,000


Shetara Sims and daughter Rakiya meet coworkers of the wounded officer after donating $100 they won with a lottery ticket.

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By Deb Kiner
The Patriot-News, Harrisburg, Pa.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A single mother who lost her job because of the coronavirus pandemic and couldn’t pay her bills donated money she won on a lottery ticket to a police officer who had been shot, according to KFVS-TV.

According to KFVS, Shetara Sims of Kansas City, Mo., had only $7. After her act of kindness, the police started a GoFundMe and have raised more than $100,000 for her.

The station reported that Sims found $1 in a grocery store parking lot and used it to buy a scratch-off lottery ticket, winning $100.

Sims and her daughter, 12, decided to donate the money to help a Kansas City police officer who is in the intensive care unit of a hospital after being shot while on duty on July 2.

According to KFVS, Sims’s oldest daughter was murdered in Kansas City in 2012. She said the police department and 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.”

Police said they were so touched by her gift that they started a GoFundMe for Sims, raising $100,000 so far.

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