A 9/11 widow turns grief into goodness for others
With the 10-year anniversary of Sept. 11 is just around the corner, and to remember that day one Hudson Valley Sept. 11 widow is turning her grief into goodness for others.
Next Sunday marks ten years to the day Marie Nevins' husband, Gerry, a 20-year veteran of the New York City Fire Department, was killed at Ground Zero trying to save other's lives. In an instant Marie, an Orange County school teacher, was left alone with her two boys, then five and seven.
It was during her darkest days, she says, she knew she had to turn her pain into someone else's joy. That's when the Gerry Nevins Foundation was born.
Marie and a group of Gerry's friends started the foundation six months after Sept. 11. Their goal to help other families who lost loved ones during the terror attacks. So far they say they've given away $225,000.