The Matthew Freeman Project
Mission statement: The Matthew Freeman Project is a not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to the support of education in order to promote communities of promise, prosperity and peace throughout the US and the World. As a qualified 501(c)(3) organization, all donations are tax-deductible.
Our process is in place and working! We are taking requests. Just click on the MATTHEW BEARS button to request Bears or offer to help sew.
Matthew 5:4 – Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted
Susan Zamora(seamstress) / Heather Perlin
Yesterday I had the privilege of meeting (and hugging) Heather whom I made the bears for. She came out and helped us out (Operation Help a Hero) at our barracks project.
Isn’t it sometime how God weaves our lives together.
Just wanted to let you know how your bears have impacted me personally. My husband and I have both been unemployed for going on 16 months (with only 6 months of unemployment). Needless to say things have been tight. . . but God is faithful, so I will not complain.
I used your pattern to make a bear for my one year old niece (couldn’t afford a gift) and it was a hit. I made it out of scraps and now I’m making 20 of them for our women’s Christmas coffee at church and someone wants some i n their store.
My nephew and wife lost a baby (Levi Job was born at 5 months stillborn last year), I had made one for their new sweet Penelope, born two weeks ago. They asked me to make one for Levi, they want to place his ashes in the bear. . . .what an honor and blessing to do this for them.
So thank you again for your ministry, I bet you never thought it would be used in this manner. Oh, they wanted to know if I could make it smaller, so I had the pieces reduced 25% :)
Here is a picture of me with the bear Susan Zamora made for me. I absolutely love it and thank you again for starting this organization! You made it possible for me to hold on to a piece of my fiancé again, and I couldn’t be more grateful for that!
Have a blessed day,
Matthew’s Last Journal Entry, 8/02/2009
Mom, Dad, I can never repay you for all you have done for me. You made me into the man I am today. I hope that I have made you proud. That has always been my goal. I love you both so much. Tell the girls that I love them and couldn’t be a prouder older brother. I have always tried to be an honorable man and I truly believe in what we are doing here. I am doing this for my family; so that they need not fear, My country, so that it can be a beacon of light for the entire world; the men around me, because no one could ask for a more august company than the men of the US Armed Forces and finally I do this for myself so that I might know the measure of myself and in the end not be found wanting. I believe that it is my duty to fight and having done all that I can to simply stand against this and all the evil works upon this Earth.
Latest Gold Star Sibling Scholarship
Victor and Vanessa Ellis receive their scholarships In honor of their brother, U.S. Army Private First Class Vincent Ellis, through donations made by the Travis Manion Foundation. Pictured Ryan Manion, Vanessa Ellis, Lisa Freeman, Victor Ellis and Tom Manion.