By SHERRY DIGMON
A number of people spent Thanksgiving serving others in Atmore. They were part of Gordon’s Giving, an initiative by the late Gordon Nichols’ family – dad and mom Randy and Melissa and sister Walton. They honor Gordon’s memory by providing meals to first responders and many others on Thanksgiving Day.
The group worked at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church Boland Hall. Randy said they delivered 208 meals and served about 30 walk-ins and volunteer meals.
“No doubt, Gordon’s Giving was a huge success,” he said.
Melissa said the group delivered meals to Atmore Community Hospital, Atmore Nursing Center, The Summit, Meadows, and first responders.
Volunteer Dana Vickrey expressed her thoughts on social media:
“Today has been one of the best Thanksgivings I’ve ever had. I believe it is safe to say that we are all dealing with different things and that the holiday season can easily be a time that people dread for many reasons, but it doesn’t have to be that way!
“Our day started with mass and afterward, we went over to the fellowship hall, and together with many from our parish whom we consider family and friends, we all worked to serve a Thanksgiving meal through the ministry of Gordon’s Giving!
“Gordon’s Giving is a time to come together for Thanksgiving and serve and appreciate our first responders, give joy to the assisted living and nursing home facilities, and to those who are shut in or just need a meal …
“There isn’t a substitute for generosity and the byproduct of it is the endless love and memories we made together today. I don’t remember who said it this afternoon but I certainly agree with their statement – I can’t wait until next year!
“Thank you Randy, Melissa and Walton for allowing all of us to receive the blessings from the event today.”