Mother Of Slain Officer Serves Hundreds Of Cops Holiday Dinner
Can the grief of a mother who has buried her son know any end?
I would imagine no.
Shirley Gibson and her husband, Harrison, have known this immense pain since 1997.
Their son, Brian was a Washington D.C. police officer who was ambushed while sitting in his patrol car.
At her son’s funeral, she wondered how she would ever get through the holidays.
Her answer has been simply brilliant.
Cooks her son’s favorite foods and invites local police officers to come for holiday dinner.
NBC News reports the first year 15 people came.
The next year, 100.
The next, 300!
Mrs. Gibson says these dinners have brought her family holiday joy once again.
Healing through giving.
“When they hug me, it feels like my Brian.”
That soundbite from one incredible mother makes my heart swell.
Now that this wonderful tradition is coming to an end, what will the Gibson’s do?
NBC News says Washington’s police department made a delivery Wednesday that may help — a check for $4,000.
“When I started doing this I was 50. And it was easier to do than it is now. And I’m thinking next year, maybe during this time I’ll go on a cruise.”