Angels Among Us Community Stories

When Giving Back Helps You Heal

Last year, Gail Walker lost her mother less than a week after she lost her husband. It was a tragic twist of unrelated events—her husband died after he had a stroke while her mother lost a battle with breast cancer.

But, instead of keeping her mother’s legacy to herself, Gail found a way to share the love the way her mother would have wanted.

Earlier this year Gail contacted the Downtown Rescue Mission to see how many women would be staying there on Mother’s Day. Then, she reached out to her friends and family to see if they would join her in collecting gifts for the seven ladies staying at the mission—plus one for the director of the women’s services at the Downtown Rescue Mission.

For Gail, this compassion is something she learned from her mother. 

“My Mom was so wonderful about caring for others,” Gail said. “Everyone was always welcome at her house and she tried hard to pass out tea, cake, food or popsicles when people sat by the pool or came to visit.”

This isn’t the only thing Gail does to honor her family members. She’s connected with Racers N Christ, a group that ministers to race car drivers, to honor her late husband. Every Christmas, she collects pajama pants for the men and women at the veteran’s home.

However, this isn’t about looking good for other people.

“I don’t want people to think I honor my loved ones for recognition, but I do want people to know it will help them heal because it helps me more than you will ever know,” Gail said. “I highly recommend giving as a way to honor our loved ones and keep them alive in various ways.

They are alive in Heaven but are still causing good to be accomplished on the Earth.”

If you would like to help Gail with the Mother’s Day gifts, the Community Journal can help you connect with her. Shoot us an email at [email protected].

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About the author


Jessie Harbin

Jessie is a newlywed living in Meridianville with her husband and three dogs. She's learning to sail on their 26-foot sailboat in Guntersville. At the time of publication, nobody has fallen ill because of her cooking.

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