Kindness is a powerful thing. Whether from friends, families, or strangers, a little bit of selflessness can go a long way. That's what the families of five fallen Dallas officers learned on Monday, Dec. 19, through the kindness of strangers.
The surviving family members of five Dallas-area officers killed during a protest ambush were presented with a powerful gift.
Hundreds of thousands of dollars were raised by the New York-based Tunnels to Towers non-profit to pay off the homes of the fallen officers. The charity raised over $610,000 in the span of five days, with money coming in from all over the world. All funds raised will go toward paying off any and all mortgage costs for the families of the fallen officers.
The widows of Sgt. Michael Smith and Dart Officer Brent Thompson received word that their homes had been completely paid off. Kristy Zamarripa, the widow of Patrick Zamarripa does not own a home, but when she is ready to buy, it will already be paid for.
John Hodge started the Tunnels to Towers non-profit in memory of his cousin, Stephen Siller. Siller was a firefighter killed in the collapse of the Twin Towers during the attacks of 9/11. Since then, Hodge has made Tunnels to Towers his primary mission. Needless to say, he is more than excelling in his mission, the families of the fallen Dallas officers being a prime example.