SAVANANH, GA (WTOC) - Marine Corps Captain Matthew Freeman from Richmond Hill died in Afghanistan more than a year ago. He gave his life serving our country. But his name and legacy live with the Matthew Freeman Project, Pens and Paper for Peace. It's a campaign that started in Richmond Hill and now has gone National.
Each picture speaks for itself the emotion and smiles on children's faces as soldiers hand deliver pens and paper to more than 300 children in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.
School supplies donated by our staff here at WTOC and others in our community are now in the hands of children. Captain Matthew Freeman's dream has come true.
"'Mom the kids are so cute the people are so nice but they would rather have pens and paper than food and water. What can you do to get a fundraiser going?" That was on of the last things Capt. Matthew Freeman said to his mother, Lisa Freeman.
"Two days later I was talking to my students about just that and when that was the first day of school the marines walked down the hall," said Lisa Freeman.
Freeman was determined to carry out her son's wishes.
"I had to believe God said, 'Lisa move forward'. And I kept hearing Matthew loud and clear and going 'Mom this is the opportunity I have you to move forward and do something good for these children,'" said Lisa Freeman.
Matt's wife, Theresa, has also helped with Pens and Paper for peace.
"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 Lisa 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."
The sentiment and mission is catching on all across America.
"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.
"I think he would be proud. I think he would be so impressed with his mom and the whole community. he would be very, very proud," added Theresa Freeman.
And we are proud to honor a true hero, one who saw a need to make a difference in the lives of Afghanistan children
Lisa says they still need lots of donations, but mostly monetary donations to help pay for shipping costs to get the supplies overseas.