PULSE, the nonprofit group that helps families who have lost loved ones to street violence, will hold its 17th and final Pre-Mother's Day Dinner next Sunday.
“My body is giving out,” said Sadie Bankston, who has multiple sclerosis. “You've heard of the Last Supper. This will be the last dinner.”
For 23 years, Bankston has operated PULSE, an acronym for People Uniting, Lending Support & Encouragement. On June 25, 1989, her son, Wendell Grixby, 19, was shot to death downtown in what is now the Gene Leahy Mall.
Among other things, PULSE provides families a “We Care” package of soaps, toiletries, soft drinks and paper towels, as well as information on the judicial system and the grieving process.
Bankston said that although this will be the final Pre-Mother's Day Dinner, the work of PULSE will continue.
The event Sunday is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Omaha Public Schools headquarters, 3015 Cuming St.
It will feature a fashion show, a raffle for a flat-screen television, a spaghetti and meatballs dinner, and singing by Jackie Barfield and Diane Battiato.
Tickets are $20, but mothers who have lost children to violence are invited to attend for free. For reservations, call 402-898-6053.
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