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Single Mom Donates Lottery Winnings To An Injured Police Officer Despite Her Own Struggles



  • Shetara Sims has been fond of the police officers in Kansas City who served as her guide when her daughter was killed in 2012.
  • So when she won the lottery and heard that a cop was shot in the head, she called right away to donate the money despite her own struggles.
  • Moved by her kindness, the cops launched a GoFundMe page for her.

It has been difficult for Shetara Sims to make ends meet during this pandemic. Not only because she is a single mom, but also because she was laid off from her job. Even so, when she won the lottery, she did not hesitate to help others despite her own struggles.

Shetara donated the money to the family of a Kansas City police officer who was shot while on duty. Now the officer’s colleagues wanted to give back so they raised funds to help her.

Shetara is especially fond of the law enforcement officers because at one point she had to lean on to them after her daughter Karyia, 19, was killed in 2012.

“[Sims] said the detectives who worked her daughter’s case were like her therapists, fathers, and lifelines all in one,” says the Kansas City Police Department on a Facebook post.

That’s why, when she learned that a cop had been shot on July 2 and was critically injured after taking a bullet in the head, she immediately called the department and asked how she could send assistance to the victim’s family.

In that phone call, Shetara was able to mention that she had lost her job and struggles to pay her own bills due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Photo Credit: Kansas City Missouri Police Department

She then detailed how she found a $1 bill in the parking lot of the grocery store she went to last week. She used the money to purchase a scratch-off lottery ticket which ended her up winning $100.


Her other daughter Rakiya, was the one who gave her an idea where to use the money. 

“Her 12-year-old daughter was with her and said, ‘Mom, we should give that to the police officer who got shot,’” says the post. “She agreed immediately. With her current financial hardships, we urged her to keep the money. She refused, saying the officer’s family needed it, and police needed to know they were supported.”

Photo Credit: Kansas City Missouri Police Department

Just as quickly, the post was flooded with positive comments and many of them were willing to help her financially as well.

So the department tracked her down and then started the “Helping the Woman with a Heart of Gold” GoFundMe page.

“She agreed to have a fund set up for her. Even still, when we tracked her down, she said, ‘Doesn’t the officer’s family need it more than me?’ She’s got a heart of gold,” they wrote.

Other than that, the cops also set up a donation page for the injured officer, who was still in the ICU as of last week but already in stable condition.