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Tue Jun 3, 2014, 01:05 AM

Mother Turns Fallen Soldiers’ Uniforms Into Teddy Bears For The Families They Left Behind

The tragic loss of a loved one is a difficult thing for any of us to swallow, especially for children – and if they lose a parent, the pain can be especially hard to deal with.

In an effort to cope with the pain of losing her son during his service in Afghanistan, and to help other families heal after their war-time losses, proud Georgia mother Lisa Freeman creates teddy bears for the children of lost servicemen and women out of the cloth of their uniforms.

The project, called Matthew Bears, was born some time after she tragically lost her own son, Matthew Freeman, to enemy fire in Afghanistan in 2009. Any family that has lost a member in service can send the service member’s uniform to Lisa Freeman to have it made into teddy bears for that service member’s children, or to anyone related to that service member. The bears are free of charge.

In addition to these intensely meaningful teddy bears, Freeman is also involved in the Matthew Freeman Project, a non-profit founded to support education efforts in the U.S. and around the world, especially in Afghanistan – something Matthew asked his mother to do.

Beautiful video at about the Matthew Freeman Project -

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Tue Jun 3, 2014, 01:16 AM

1. That is so sweet! I've heard of memory bears for lost family members

But not of a bear project specifically for service members. What a great idea.

I lost my Dad last August and made memory bears from his old flannel shirts for Mom, my sisters and all his grandchildren. It's definitely a labor of love since constructing the bears takes some time.

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