In these turbulent times, it would seem America has become well adapted to pitting one side against the other. Liberals against Conservatives. Mask wearers against exposed faces. But the biggest divide in America seems to involve our differences in ethnicity.
Blacks against whites. As we watch BLM protesters reducing our major cities to shambles, it’s difficult to not view the chaos and violence as a war between the races. But this would be an incorrect assumption.
On July 2, an officer with the Kansas City, MO, police department was critically wounded when his head took two hits from flying bullets in a gun battle.
As the office was immediately transferred to a local ICU where doctors began life-saving procedures, the department was quick in setting up a GoFundMe page for him and his family.
The page caught the attention of a single mother. Due to her being laid off from her job as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the woman was financially struggling. Her total available cash? Seven bucks. That’s it.
Looking for ways to produce the income she needed, she took a chance by spending one-dollar, which had found lying on the ground, on a lottery scratch-off ticket. The ticket was a winner. She didn’t win a huge jackpot, but the $100 she did win would sure come in handy.
But she ended up not using the money for her own needs. On July 10, the department received a phone call. The person on the other end did not furnish her name, but it was the lucky lottery winner.
As the officer who answered the phone recalls, “She went on to say she lives in the urban core of Kansas City, and her daughter was murdered in 2012. She said the detectives who worked her daughter’s case were like her therapists, fathers, and lifelines all in one.”
She told them she wished to donate the $100 for the wounded offer and his family. During the conversation, the officer became aware of the financial straits the woman was in and urged her to hold on to the money.
She adamantly refused their suggestion, saying the police need to know they are supported and how the officer and his family need the money more than she does. Of course, this was not true, but she was still willing to sacrifice nearly everything she had.
The police department posted the words of the woman on their GoFundMe page in hopes of tracking the anonymous donor down. It worked, and just a few days later they identified her.
The woman’s name is Shetara Sims, a black single mother. And actually it was Rakiya Edmondson, the woman’s teenage daughter, who had told her mom, “We should donate it to the police officer that got shot.”
Once discovering Sims current condition, the police department set up a second GoFundMe page for her. The page thus far has received over $50,000 in donations. The department described Sims as a “woman with a heart of gold.”
Police Sargent Jake Becchina told an affiliate of ABC News, “To hear her call and just express thanks for no reason other than she’s thankful, it’s really impactful to us and it’s really touching to us.”
The wounded officer is now listed in stable condition and in physical therapy hoping for a full recovery. The age-old adage “every penny counts,” was taken seriously by this wonderful woman and her heart-of-gold daughter, whom she obviously is raising right.
So when the only news ever making headlines are the most horrendous and devious atrocities taking place, it’s important to consider the small percentage of people making the most amount of trouble.
Likewise, it is equally as important to stop and reflect on the enormous amount of Americans who still believe in humanity, dignity, and the American way of life.
It matters not the color of one’s skin. It hasn’t for a long, long, time. Good is good no matter how you slice it, and our nation is chock full of folks like Ms. Sims. But since the media prefers reporting only the most horrendous and devastating occurrences, these people seldom make the news. Too boring. Who wants to read stuff like that?
To that we reply, we do. And we’re passing the story along to you. The moral? As a nation, the largest majority of us still believe in the phrase, “United we Stand.” America is, and shall remain, a nation full of good people, and a nation of all colors.