Kevin Duroy doesn't spend much time thinking when asked why, he has remained dedicated to giving back to his community.

"I don't know. Just because we could," says Duroy, 39.

The single father of 9-year-old Leyton and 12-year-old Jayme works six-day weeks for a construction company, while managing his own barbecue catering business on the side. Despite his full schedule, Kevin Duroy is home to cook dinner and take Jayme to evening softball practices.

He is doing it all without his wife of 12 years, Trish, who died this year after a long battle with cervical cancer. It is the same type of cancer Kevin Duroy lost his own mother to when he was young. He calls it a "nasty, nasty thing."

Duroy's barbecue business has catered numerous charity benefits, including events aimed at boosting cervical cancer awareness. At his wife's funeral, he asked everyone to bring backpacks filled with school supplies. She was a dedicated teacher, who made it to school as long as her health allowed her.

The Duroys are part of the Statesman Season for Caring program, which highlights the needs of 12 families and helps hundreds of others through the nonprofit organization that nominated them. The Duroys were nominated by Wonders & Worries.

Now it's their time to receive. And they will in abundance. Grisham Middle School art and theater students have chosen the Duroys to be the recipients of their holiday gift drive.

Since 2010, the students, led by teachers Kristin Goodman and Susan Dickson, have chosen one Season for Caring family to adopt.  Former students continue to participate, and each year, the number of people who donate and the amount donated grow. Students who can’t afford to give a gift donate in other ways, such as calling businesses for donations, making signs or wrapping the gifts.

Last year, the school collected more than $8,300 worth of gifts and gift cards.

“Giving is part of who we are. It’s our identity,” Principal Paige Hadziselimovic said last year.

The Duroys are currently living in a small trailer home and want to buy land nearby on which to build a home and "get things back to as normal as they can be," Duroy says. For the Duroys, the means a stable home base from which they can continue to give back to their community.

Most of their material things will be covered by the Grisham kids, but they need the assistance of an architect, as well as help setting up electric, septic and a driveway. They also need furniture for their house once it's built.

To find out more about the Duroy family or to give an item on their wish list, contact Wonders & Worries, 512-329-5757, wondersandworries.org.


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