The Story Behind “Aubrey’s Christmas Dinner”
CELEBRATES 20th ANNIVERSARY
In 1981, three-year-old Aubrey, along with his older brother and baby sister were temporarily living in a shelter with their young mother who was fleeing severe domestic violence at the hands of the children’s father. Losing their home and having to start all over again with three small children was very difficult for Aubrey’s mother. One afternoon, after preparing dinner, Aubrey’s mom asked him to tell his brother to come inside to eat. What happened next impacted this family forever. Instead of using the stairs, Aubrey was drawn to a window left open. Aubrey had stepped on a chair and lost his balance as he looked out the window to call out for his brother. Aubrey fell from the second floor apartment and his head made direct contact with a metal handrail. Aubrey was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Aubrey’s mom did not turn to drugs, alcohol, or other damaging alternatives in search for relief from the devastating grief and self-inflicted guilt. Instead, this mom understood she had to pick up the pieces and be strong for her living children. She found refuge in her relationship with God and gained strength by dedicating herself to serving the disadvantaged families in the community. Aubrey’s mom is Luz Torres-Sullivan. Luz originated the Christmas dinner for the homeless in 2003 with the full support of New Dimension Christian Center (NDCC). This event was adopted and operating under the Mustard Seed Outreach Center since 2009 in partnership with NDCC. Little Aubrey inspired the title “Aubrey’s Christmas Dinner” to our annual Christmas dinner for the homeless, in effect as of 2012. As we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, let us also celebrate family. Let Aubrey’s life serve as a shining light, reminding us of the priceless value of being united with family and friends.