When Lisa Freeman lost her son Mathew in Afghanistan, it obviously wasn’t easy for her. But while she mourned, she couldn’t help thinking of all the other families who had been through the same painful ordeal of loss. She started creating teddy bears for the children of lost servicemen and women out of their uniforms.
She calls the project Matthew Bears after her son. Families suffering from the loss of a loved one in the line of duty can send the uniform of the deceased to her and Lisa will turn them into teddy bears free of cost.
She says she prays for the lost men and women while she is making stuffed animals out of their uniforms.
She also has faith that her son, a Marine pilot, would love what she is doing. “He’s loving that something good is happening out of something so tragic.”
Lisa also runs the Matthew Freeman Project, a nonprofit venture founded to support education efforts in the U.S. and around the world, especially in Afghanistan – something Matthew had asked her to do.
It was Mathew’s wish to help the children in Afghanistan and other war-torn countries where American armed forces were or had been by delivering school supplies, especially pens and paper, to help continue their education and improve literacy.