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Lincoln Police Officer Chassidy Jackson-Goodwin and her 20-year-old daughter Jaida were surprised with a vacation trip when they made a second appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

The episode aired Thursday.

Guest host, actress and comedian Melissa McCarthy told Jackson-Goodwin and her daughter on the show that they were being given a six-night vacation at Scrub Island Resort, Spa and Marina courtesy of the British Virgin Islands Tourism Board.

Last year, McCarthy and DeGeneres surprised Jackson-Goodwin, a single mother, with $75,000 to help make her dream of finishing her bachelor's degree a reality. She had previously taken out $17,000 in loans to pay for her daughter's college education and had never finished her own criminal justice degree. In 1998 she earned an associate's degree from Metro Community College.

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Jackson-Goodwin is now finishing her junior year at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where her 20-year-old daughter graduated from two weeks ago.

The mother-daughter duo told McCarthy about the support their community has given them since they last appeared on the show and shared how they’re paying it forward with acts of kindness, like buying coffee and lunch for officers and veterans.

"It feels good to do that and to not forget where you've come from and not to forget the impact that you can have on someone who is not expecting something good to happen to them, no matter how big or small," Jackson-Goodwin said.

Jaida told McCarthy she had "inspired them to lead with the light."

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