RICHMOND — It was an unbelievable act of kindness impressed by the connection late Richmond Police Officer Seara Burton had together with her neighborhood.
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 Ok-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 neighborhood in Richmond.
“There have been many helpful items given in honor of Seara. Nevertheless none, and I imply none, are extra helpful than the present of 8 $1 payments in a grimy white envelope,” Benedict mentioned on Monday.
That act of kindness has sparked a motion in Richmond. The neighborhood 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 the whole 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 every part that they had 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 discovered concerning the $8 donation.
“What do you say to it? I imply it is superb that someone determined to do this,” he mentioned.
The division determined to border the present somewhat 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 neighborhood 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 neighborhood has rallied behind our cops [and] our homeless,” Conley mentioned.
They’ve collected sufficient donations to fill a complete room within the Richmond Hearth Station — every part from blankets, coats, water, tents and extra.
“Her mother instructed 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 most effective legacy you might 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.