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Karma Works Quickly Sometimes! Woman’s Good Deed Sparks ‘Giving Boomerang’ In Her Community

After reaching out to make a donation to an injured police officer, the community rallied to help the "woman with a heart of gold."

If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?

Some would take a trip, others might spring for a new wardrobe. Hey, no judgement. We all have our priorities.

One woman in Kansas City, KS decided to donate her winnings to the local police department, even after they tried to convince her not to.

She wanted the money to go an officer who was shot on July 2 and is still recovering in the hospital. The officers told the woman that the officer was being taken care of, but she insisted on giving the donation to him and his family.

Turns out, the woman found a $1 bill in a grocery store parking lot. She used the money to purchase a lottery ticket and, with it, won $100. Police said the woman's daughter told her the money should go to the officer who was shot, and the woman reached out to make it happen.

The woman had been laid off recently due to the Covid-19 pandemic and was struggling to pay her bills – still, she wanted to use her winnings to help the injured officer.

"With her current financial hardship, we urged her to keep the money," KCPD shared in a Facebook post. "She refused, saying the officer's family needed it, and police needed to know they were supported."

Other folks in the community have been reaching out to support the officer who was injured in the line of duty. Kansas City Missouri Police Department/Facebook

The woman went on to tell the department that after her daughter was murdered in 2012, the officers involved in the case "were like her therapists, fathers, and lifelines all in one." She simply wanted to repay the kindness.

When the officers shared the story on social media, hundreds of people asked how they could help the woman pay her bills.

"We've been talking about this story among ourselves all weekend, and we are floored and incredibly humbled," the officers wrote. "THANK YOU to this woman; THANK YOU to the amazing people of Kansas City."

KCPD started a fundraiser for Sims (pictured on the left) so that she could pay her living expenses while she's laid off due to the pandemic. Kansas City Missouri Police Department/Facebook

The KCPD eventually found out the woman's name (Shetara Sims) and started a GoFundMe to help with her living expenses while she's out of work. When they reached out to Sims to let her know what they were doing, her genuine response was "Don't the officer and his family need it more?"

So far, the fundraiser has brought in over $8,000 from 38 individual donors.

One of the residents who contributed to the fundraiser for Sims commented, "You are such a wonderful human being. Now it's our turn to help you out. This isn't much, but it sure can help. God bless you and your family. We need more people like you in this world. I wish you nothing but best. Good things happen to good people."

We love that motto: Good things happen to good people. And Sims is just the right person to receive that goodness. Kudos to KCPD for making sure her amazing act of kindness was returned!

How can you start something good?

Inspired by Sims' incredible act of kindness?

You may not want to donate your lotto winning to the local police department, but you can find ways to be more giving to those around you every day.

Put an extra couple dollars in the tip jar at your favorite local business, or slip a gift card in a random person's mail box to make their day.

You can make a donation to the GoFundMe for Shereta Sims by clicking here.

Let's #StartSomethingGood together!

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