When you do good things for other people, you always manage to get it back somehow.
Many years ago, I had just gotten out of the military and was on my own, living in a rental cottage that a couple would rent out for people on vacations. Every week there would be people that would come up during the summer and early fall.
Anyway, one day the guy that owned the rental cottages needed help with something and it took basically my entire day off from work that day. It was some cleanup of the cottages that had been checked out of. His wife was out of town and he had to get them turned over quickly for Labor Day weekend.
So, that Saturday I spent helping him clean out a bunch of these cabins and at the end of the day, I went back to my place and relaxed.
Fast forward to Thursday, when I would knock on the door and hand him rent for the week. I handed him a $135 cash, he looks at me, counts it and then hands all of it back to me exept for fifteen dollars. It was all the money in the world to me at the time.
The thing is, I was doing it just to help someone out to be nice.
Police in Missouri are helping a local mother who donated her lottery winnings to an officer who was shot in the head earlier this month.
Shetera Sims said she’s no stranger to hard times. With only $7 in her pocket, she recently tried a scratch-off ticket and won $100.
Sims said her daughter, Rakiya, came up with the idea of how to spend it.
“I said, ‘We should donate it to the police officer that got shot for his family,’” Rakiya said.
“It was her idea, and I went along with it,” Sims said. “She’s a special child.”
Kansas City police, in turn, helped set up a GoFundMe account for Sims. More than $9,500 had been raised as of Monday night.
“To hear her call and just express thanks for no reason … it’s really impactful to us,” said police Sgt. Jake Becchina.
The officer whom Sims helped was shot and left in critical condition on July 2.
Sims and her daughter felt for the officer — and police in general — for personal reasons.
Sims’ daughter, Karyia, was murdered in 2012. Sims said police solved the case and were supportive the whole time.
“That was the worst day of my life. I can’t even talk about it,” Sims said.
Sims, who plans to use the money raised for her to catch up on bills, says she’s grateful.
“[I want the officer to know] that we’re here for him if he needs us,” Sims said. “There’s more people in the community here for him than you can imagine.”
The Kansas City Police Department said the injured officer is recovering well.