- A single mom who had just lost her job amazingly won a $100 (R1 600) lottery ticket donated the winnings to the family of a police officer who lost his life in the line of duty
- Her generous act resulted in a GoFundMe campaign being set up for her
- The campaign raised $57 000 (R940 000) overshooting the original goal of $10 000 (R160 000)
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Shetara Sims of Kansas City, Missouri is a single mom from the United States who is a dedicated Christian did something truly amazing.
She lost her job a month ago and was down on her luck when she found a dollar bill in the parking lot outside a grocery store.
Shetara bought a lottery ticket with the dollar bill, and miraculously won $100 (R1 600).
Briefly.co.za learned that her 12-year-old daughter was with her and suggested when she found out that her mom had won, that she donate the money to a worthy cause.
“Mom, we should give that to the police officer who got shot,” the girl said, according to a GoFundMe page that was set up for the family.
The Kansas City Missouri Police Department posted the news of her donation on Facebook:
“Today, Shetara and her daughter Rakiya came to meet some of the coworkers of the officer who was critically wounded,” the department wrote Monday on Facebook. “They also were there during the shooting. Shetara and Rakiya are the ones who had little money, but after finding a dollar in a grocery store parking lot used it to buy a lottery ticket that ended up winning $100 and then decided to donate it to the wounded officer.”
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Her act of kindness set a series of amazing things in motion, people were so moved by her donation that they set up a GoFundMe account for her to help her out. It was a bit tricky to track her down but they did according to Western Journal.
Even after she was told about the crowdfunding campaign for her she was concerned that the officer's family would need it more than her.
“It took a while to find them, but we’re so glad we did, and we’re so glad they got to meet the wounded officer’s coworkers and friends. (And because so many people reached out wanting to help Shetara and her daughter, we set up this GoFundMe page: gf.me/u/ygr4ya),” the post continued.
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The campaign ended up raising an impressive $57 000 (R940 000) at the time of publishing, far exceeding the original goal of $10 000 (R160 000).
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that a new dad has scooped a £2.4 million (R56.49 million) lottery win just weeks after losing his job due to the coronavirus pandemic that has left the world in limbo.
The unnamed winner who is said to be in his 20s, from Adelaide, Australia, had been so stressed and worried about how he would support his family after being made unemployed.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that lottery operator Ithuba revealed an online Lotto player has bagged an impressive R16 826 525.
The unidentified winner purchased several Lotto tickets on 16 May and a R20 quick-pick ticket proved to be the lucky one.
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