News Staff Report
Gordon Nichols passed away November 29, 2019, in an automobile accident. He was only 28.
However, his legacy lives on in an annual event his family started to show their gratitude to first responders who “were helping us before we even knew we needed it,” Gordon’s mother said.
Gordon’s parents, Randy and Melissa Nichols, and his sister, Walton Nichols Thompson, will host “Gordon’s Giving” Thanksgiving Day in Boland Hall at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church.
“Gordon loved people and not only loved helping them but giving back to them,” Melissa said.
“Gordon’s Giving is not only a time of special thanksgiving to those who helped us but has become an outreach to those who may be spending the holiday alone, in the hospital, etc.”
All are welcome to come eat at Boland Hall or pick up lunch. The family delivers to first responders, assisted living facilities, the nursing home, and the hospital, realizing that not everyone can leave their duty station and come to Boland Hall. They delivered around 200 meals last year.
Melissa said the family tries to honor the aspects of Gordon’s life and personality they treasure so much.
“He loved family, friends, laughter and he had the ability to make everyone he met and knew feel very special,” she said. “Atmore is filled with so many loving, caring people. The love and support our family has been shown is just amazing … it literally takes your breath away. We are surrounded by a community that loves and loves hard!”
Meals will be served at Boland Hall beginning at about 12:30.