Milford man giving back on Mother's Day

Posted at 8:09 PM, May 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-05 20:09:43-04

A man in Milford is grieving the loss of his mom. This weekend will be his first Mother's Day alone.

Bill Gailey will honor her by helping out other mothers.

He said, "It dawned on me that there's a lot of mothers that are in different situations where they don't have family close by."

Gailey lost his mother a month ago and his wife died 9 months ago.

"Okay, now what do I do for Mother's Day," he asked himself.  "It's been difficult living and learning how to live without my wife and now my mom."

Gailey decided to 'adopt-a-mom' who might have spent the holiday alone.

"Mother's Day comes and what happens for them? So I thought maybe there is something I can do that will help brighten someone else's day."

The ladies of the Highland Senior Activity Center will be the recipient of Gailey's generosity.

"Being a southern gentleman, I have to pay for their lunch," he said.  "Friday I am going out and have lunch with all these ladies and will choose somebody to then honor on Mother's Day and we will do whatever she wants to do for Mother days."

He is treating more than 40 ladies at the center's Mother's Day luncheon, including Sharon Watkins.

"I don't think there could be any higher honor for a mother than, after death, to be honored in that way and getting to know him, I can see why he is such a nice man that would do something like that," she said.

He hopes the mother he chooses can help fill a void.

"Where I can adopt this person and have them be the mom in my life now," he explained.

When people admire Bill's kindness, he tells them, its all thanks to his mom.

"I was blessed with a wonderful mother and she taught me the value of relationships and it was very easy for me to decide to do this."