It’s a bit of an unusual bucket list item, but Edie Sims isn’t your average 102-year-old. Sims, of St. Louis, Missouri, had never seen the back of a police cruiser, nor felt the embrace of a pair of handcuffs around her wrists. So she thought it was time.
“She was so excited that she can ride in a police car and she said, ‘Do you think you could put those handcuffs on me?’ ” Michael Howard, executive director of the Five Star Senior Center in St. Louis, told ABC News. “A St. Louis county car pulled up next to the police and Edie holds up her hands with the handcuffs on. She’s just a riot.”
Sims wasn’t going to lockup, though: She was being escorted to deliver homemade gifts that she knitted for the center’s residents. Over the past two years, she’s produced 400 handmade items, including robes, scarves, pot holders, eyeglass cases and walker bags. But she’s never delivered them in person, until now.
“I made my first dress that was wearable,” Simms told St. Louis ABC affiliate News 10. “I’m not saying it was good, but I wore it to school when I was 10 years old.”
Sgt. John McLaughlin of the SLPD and Howard arranged Sims’ ride so that she could come to the center to deliver her gifts in person — another first.
“I’ve dealt with this program for almost 37 years now and the character of some of our seniors is just amazing,” Howard said. “Here we have a senior helping other seniors and it doesn’t get any better than that for me.”
So that’s how Sims came to be dispensing socks, scarves and advice Friday morning from the back of a police cruiser.
“Keep going, don’t ever stop whatever it is you’re doing and spend some time doing community service because sometimes the person you reach out and touch, is the only person that they will talk to in a day,” she told News 10.
“It’s a great world if you just open your eyes and look at it,” she added.