Everything seemed to happen so fast once Allison Bevers entered the sale ring with "Pepper" at the Ellis County Youth Expo. It was unknown to most that Allison intended to donate her pig-sale earnings to help fund the investigation into the murder of her mother, Terri "Missy" Bevers.
In light of the generous action taken by Allison, the Midlothian Police Department and donors have remained insistent that the money earned from the sale of the Duroc benefit her directly.
Allison heeded the advice and is now donating a portion of the money to help a community of children near and dear to the heart of Missy, who was brutally slain at Creekside Church in Midlothian on April 18, 2016.
Brandon Bevers, Allison's father, said the Midlothian Police Department took a couple of days to figure out what to do with the money. The department later concluded there was no need or demand.
Brandon also relayed that some of the donors expressed to Midlothian Police that they wanted the money to benefit Allison directly.
The family strategized anyway, considering billboards or even raising the $40,000 reward. Ultimately, Brandon said the ideas would not be as useful as hoped.
Midlothian Police stated via email to the Midlothian Mirror that confirmed the department had respectfully declined the donation from the Bevers family. The statement also noted the department's regular operating budget has covered the investigation.
Midlothian Police Capt. John Spann said there had not been a delay in any aspect of the investigation due to a lack of funding.
“We at the Midlothian Police Department are very proud of Allison Bevers and the efforts that led to her success at the Ellis County Expo,” Spann elaborated. “We know that Allison’s efforts are deeply personal and we will support her in any way possible. We have high hopes that the funds are used in a way that brings Allison and her family a sense of accomplishment.”
After the department relayed their decision, Allison was headstrong on funding something that’d make her mother proud.
The Bevers family sat together and brainstormed a direction of where the funds would go in Missy's honor.
“[Allison] wanted to donate the money in a way she would feel that it was going to something worthy, not to mention the fact that Missy would be proud of,” Brandon expressed.
Before the three Bevers daughters were born, Missy worked closely with students with special needs at Red Oak ISD.
Allison has since followed in those footsteps, working with a special education teacher at Midlothian Heritage High School to figure out where the need in the special education community. She also wants to ensure that her donation will directly impact those students who need it most.
As requested by Midlothian Police and the donors, Allison has saved a portion of the money for her college tuition. She plans to attend Texas A&M University to pursue a degree in veterinary science.
Allison wrote a thank you letter to the organization behind the market swine purchase, Ellis County Women in Business.
“I thank you tremendously for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime. You made me want to take action in supporting our community and fellow women," Allison wrote.
After getting involved with Midlothian Heritage FFA six months ago, she never imagined placing fourth in her Duroc class during the expo — let alone make the sale.
“You have made me believe in myself and realize I am surrounded by friends, family, and even strangers that care for me and support me. I admire what you have done," Allison wrote to the organization.
Allison also shared with the women an inspirational quote that she has taped to her laptop. It reads, "A person's most useful asset is not a head full of knowledge, but a heart full of love, an ear ready to listen, and a hand willing to help others."
She added, "I look at this every morning at school telling myself, everyone has their own journey and some may be traveling on the less fortunate road, no matter who they are or what they have done to you treat them with respect and a loving heart.”
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