Paying it forward
When Shetara won her 100 dollars, her own bank account was at its final pennies. She and her family could have used the lottery winnings, but her daughter, a 12-year-old girl, told her mother she should give it to the cop’s family, who probably needed it even more than Sims’s family. The daughter remembered how generous the authorities had been several years ago. In 2012, Sims tragically lost a child, and the police supported her through it.
So much for anonymous
Giving her winnings away wasn’t so simple for Sims. At first, there was a bit of pushback from the police, who knew she was unemployed and financially unstable and thought it would be best if she kept the money to herself. She didn’t back down, however, and asked that her money would be donated anonymously. As it happens, the anonymity didn’t last long.
Better than the lottery
If anyone has the resources to identify an anonymous person, it is the police. When the Kansas City PD discovered what Sims has done, they quickly came up with a way to help her out. They started a GoFundMe campaign that would help her get back on her feet. The campaign raised an unbelievable amount of more than 150,000 dollars! The tearful Sims got back way more than she gave away, plus the sense of strong support of her community.