Mother of fallen hero spearheads organization

By Brooke Kelley - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The mother of a fallen hero spearheads an organization she hopes will help children all over the world. Lisa Freeman, mother of Marine Captain Matthew Freeman, announced Thursday she will be launching a national campaign to help educate children in wartorn countries.

This is something she believes her son Captain Freeman wanted.

For Lisa Freeman getting up in front of the Richmond Hill Rotary Club wasn't easy. The death of her son is still very tough to talk about, but on Thursday she did.

Sharing his vision to help children get school supplies in war-torn countries.

"When I was first told I didn't know why something like this would happen to such an incredible young man and I can't help but believe God has put this in my lap and given me the opportunities to help children that can benefit from this program,"said Lisa Freeman.

With the help of journalist and old friend Jim Bunn, Freeman will soon launch a national effort to collect pens and paper for peace.

The initiative is modeled after a similar effort by Richmond Hill Boys Scouts honored Captain Freeman by collecting school supplies for children in Afghanistan.

"When I heard about all of this I said, 'You know what I want to do, what I can do to help,'"said Bunn.

"What I am in the position to do is to take what I've learned and seen, as a journalist, in something that I believe will change the world," said Bunn.

Freeman says this is a way to remember her son, a real hero, who saw the need.

"What we are hoping for is this will become a national program that will have international effects wherever children's education is interrupted by conflict that this will supply the children with supplies and keep education going or improved from what they had before," said Freeman.

"With education as we all know life is better and hopefully their country will be better if we can educate them to what is out there," said Freeman.

A important effort, Lisa knows her son would be proud of.

Freeman tells us she hopes to launch the organization by Memorial Day weekend. But they do need to collect some funds to get the organization running. If you would like to help get them started, there is a Matthew Freeman Memorial fund set up at Bryan Bank and Trust in Richmond Hill.

Bryan Bank and Trust-Matthew Freeman Memorial Fund

P.O. Box 1299
Richmond Hill, Georgia 31324

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