Shirley Gibson serves a holiday meal every year to hundreds of D.C. police officers, and on Thursday the city honored her for her work.
Metropolitan Police Department officers and Mayor Muriel Bowser surprised Gibson at a Costco store as she went to buy groceries for the huge meal.
“Oh my goodness!” Gibson said as she saw that officers lined the entrance to the store. She clapped her hand to her mouth and began to cry.
Bowser declared Thursday Shirley Gibson Day and gave the Southeast D.C. woman 15 tickets to visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
For nearly 20 years, a local woman has cooked a holiday meal for police officers in memory of her son, an officer killed in the line of duty 19 years ago. “To be able to celebrate even one day a year and say thank you to all law enforcement, it’s worth it to us,” …