By Anica Padilla

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (CBS4) – It could have been an awkward moment for two Colorado moms: a 4-year-old girl yelled “Black lives matter!” at a Black woman she saw shopping in Home Depot. Instead, it was the beginning of a precious friendship.

(credit: Sherri Gonzales)

“I went back to say thank you for recognizing that my life matters,” Sherri Gonzales told CBS4.

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“Her mom was not expecting her to say that and did not know what to say,” Sherri said.

Sherri said they talked for a few minutes and the girl, Cam, noticed her Denver Broncos necklace. Cam told Sherri she wants to be a Broncos cheerleader one day.

Sherri has some experience cheering for the team — her son is D.J. Williams, the linebacker drafted by the Denver Broncos in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft.

Then Cam asked her a question.

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“[She] asked me if I would like to come over for a sleepover,” Sherri said.

Sherri says they exchanged numbers and took a picture together.

(credit: Sherri Gonzales)

Last week, she got a call from Cam’s mom. They were having a garage sale and wanted to donate all the proceeds to her organization, Sherri’s Girls Empowerment International, on behalf of Cam.

Sherri said the two-day garage raised $2,070.

“[They] donated every penny to my school in Kenya,” Sherri said.

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(credit: Sherri Gonzales)

“All of this happens because of a sweet little 4 year old recognized that my life matters.”

Anica Padilla