RICHMOND — It was an unimaginable act of kindness impressed by the connection late Richmond Police Officer Seara Burton had together with her group.
At Burton’s funeral, Richmond Police Lieutenant Donnie Benedict shared a narrative from September 1 when somebody walked into the police station and handed over a white envelope.
8 $1 payments for Okay-9 Officer Seara Burton
4 phrases have been written on the envelope — “folks of the streets.”
Inside there have been 8 one greenback payments. The nameless donation was from the homeless group in Richmond.
“There have been many precious presents given in honor of Seara. Nevertheless none, and I imply none, are extra precious than the present of 8 $1 payments in a unclean white envelope,” Benedict mentioned on Monday.
That act of kindness has sparked a motion in Richmond. The group is now rallying behind the homeless inhabitants.
Amber Conley made a name out on Fb asking for donations.
“Ask and also you shall obtain; we have got extra donations within the final 12 hours than now we have in all the 3 days. It has been insane,” Conley mentioned. “It simply touched me so I acquired on Fb and requested if anybody knew who they have been or the place they have been.”
Conley mentioned she acquired extra donations than she may have imagined.
“They gave the whole lot they’d and so they do not even know the place their subsequent meal is coming from,” she mentioned.
Benedict mentioned Friday he was almost speechless when he came upon in regards to the $8 donation.
“What do you say to it? I imply it is wonderful that someone determined to try this,” he mentioned.
The division determined to border the present relatively than deposit it into the Officer Burton fund.
Benedict mentioned that is as a result of it reveals the massive influence Officer Burton had on the group she served for 4 years.
“That ninth greenback that’s on this body represents now the primary greenback of the following greenback that will probably be given in honor of Seara,” Benedict mentioned.
Conley mentioned she likes to see one thing optimistic popping out of the lack of Burton.
“If nothing else good comes from this horrible tragedy, it’s the truth that this group has rallied behind our law enforcement officials [and] our homeless,” Conley mentioned.
They’ve collected sufficient donations to fill a complete room within the Richmond Fireplace Station — the whole lot from blankets, coats, water, tents and extra.
“Her mother advised me that she would love this. She would love folks serving to folks and reaching out,” Conley mentioned. “Everybody feels so hopeless and I really feel like now that sadly Seara is gone that is the perfect legacy you can each go away behind is folks exhibiting kindness to the opposite residents in honor of her.”
The group will hand out donations subsequent week and Officer Burton’s household will probably be there to assist.