Remembering 9/11: Gerry Nevins Foundation

A Sept. 11 widow from Orange County has tried turning her grief into generosity for other families that lost loved ones in the terrorist attacks. Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of the death of Marie Nevins? husband, Gerry Nevins, who was a 20-year veteran of the New York City Fire Department's Rescue 1 Squad.

An Orange County School teacher, Nevins was left alone with her two sons, ages 5 and 7, at the time. Nevins, who describes the time as the most trying of her life, says she decided to turn her pain into someone else's joy, and six months later, founded the Gerry Nevins Foundation.

The goal of the foundation is to raise money to help other families affected by the attacks.

Seven years ago, Nevins started holding pig roasts in his honor, since he raised pigs before passing away. The event has grown to accommodate hundreds of people from across Orange and Rockland counties. So far, Nevins and a group of her husband?s friends have given away $225,000.

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