Most of us say "thanks" without thinking.
July 13--The wife and four young children of a former Wichita police officer killed while climbing a trail at Table Rock Lake earlier this year will benefit from a raffle and fundraiser set for Aug. 2.
Raffle tickets for the Shane Little family benefit are $100 and may be purchased in advance at the Wichita Thunder office, 505 W. Maple, or at the Wichita Gun Club, 438 S. Rock Road.
The raffle prize is a 2014 Toyota Camry, said Carrie Patton, a member of local police support group Wives Backing the Badge. Only 2,000 tickets will be sold.
The winner will be announced during a fundraiser to be held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.Aug. 2 at Eddy's Toyota, 7333 E. Kellogg. There will be food, a kids' play zone, music and several Wichita police specialty units on display at the dealership that day.
Shane Little, who left the Wichita police force after being blinded by bacterial meningitis in 2011, died May 23 when he fell more than 30 feet from a cliff while he and another man were hiking to the pinnacle of Oswalt Bluff near Branson, Mo.
He left behind a wife, Wichita police Officer Amanda Little, and four children but had no life insurance, Patton said in an e-mail to The Eagle.
Shane Little was 36.
"Amanda has a long road ahead of her raising 4 kids under the age of 8 by herself while trying to continue her career as an officer," Patton wrote in the e-mail.
"She is so very grateful for all the support and prayers."
Donations for the family are also being accepted on www.giveforward.com; to contribute, search for "Support for WPD family after tragic death."
Mailed cards and contributions are still be accepted at the Wichita Police Department'sPatrol East Bureau, 350 S. Edgemoor, Wichita, KS 67218. Envelopes should be marked "Little family."
Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.
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