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Matthew Freeman Project launches new mission

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RICHMOND HILL, GA (WTOC) -

The Matthew Freeman Project, paired with the Richmond Hill United Methodist Church, is launching its newest mission, 'Matthew Bears'.

Lisa Freeman, Marine Captain Matthew Freeman's mother, presented stuffed bears to Gold Star Sibling Jessica Chihuahua's sons, Bruce, Colton, and Levi. Jessica's brother, Spc. Shannon Chihuahua, was an Army Combat Medic who was killed in Afghanistan in November 2012.

"It is something tangible that they can hold and cuddle up to so they can remember their uncle. He is not here so they can't walk up to him and give him a hug," said Chihuahua.

The bears being presented are made out of retired uniforms of Spc. Shannon Chihuahua.

"As they get older they will treasure these, and realize the hero their uncle was," said Chihuahua.

The Matthew Bears mission was formed to reach out to the children and nieces and nephews of military killed while deployed or in the performance of their duties.

Matthew 5:4 inspired the name for the mission and states, "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted."

Old uniforms from the military members killed is what will make up the material for the bears. The hope of the new mission is to bring a tangible piece of the military member back to the family to provide comfort. All bears are free to the families.

"I feel Matthew smiling on me all the time and happy that his mission on this earth was over but his mission has not stopped," said Freeman.

For more information, please visit freemanproject.org or RHUMC.org.

About The Matthew Freeman Project:

The Matthew Freeman Project: Pens & Paper for Peace is a not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to collecting pens, paper, and other school supplies in cities and towns across the United States and sending them to U.S. military personnel for distribution in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other war-torn countries where children's education has been affected by armed conflict. A scholarship has recently been started through The Matthew Freeman Project to help Gold Star siblings whose education was interrupted by the death of their sibling. All donations are tax-deductible. For more information, click here.

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