November 3, 2015
Operation Ward 57 Announces Availability of Amputee Teddy Bears for Wounded Warrior Families
WASHINGTON – Operation Ward 57, a top-rated nonprofit dedicated to supporting wounded, injured and ill service members, veterans and their caregivers, is proud to announce a new project that is providing custom made amputee teddy bears to children of wounded warriors across the country.
In partnership with The Freeman Project and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) students at St. James High School in Murrells Inlet, SC, Operation Ward 57 will provide custom Amputee Teddy Bears to children of wounded warriors who have suffered arm or limb amputations. These teddy bears will not only be provided as a comfort and emotional support item, but they are an educational tool as well. The amputee teddy bear they receive will be custom made by hand to match their wounded warrior’s injuries. The bears can be customized with specific arm or leg amputations, military branch uniform and custom nametape. These bears will be provided FREE of charge to the families. Post 9/11 Families interested in applying for a bear may submit their request online at http://www.operationward57.org/amputeebear/
Lisa Freeman, founder of The Freeman Project says “I know my son is smiling down at the volunteers offering to make the bears and the children who receive them. May God continue to bless everyone involved.” Laura Coffren, a teacher at St. James High School says of her students involved, “They are very honored and proud to represent Operation Ward 57 and the service men and women who have given such sacrifices for our country.”
Operation Ward 57 is also seeking donations to help offset the cost of making and shipping these bears. Those interested in donating may go to www.operationward57.org/donate All donations are tax deductible.
About Operation Ward 57: Operation Ward 57 supports wounded, injured and ill service members, veterans, their caregivers and those that aid in their recovery by providing assistance and outreach in their recovery, comfort and morale, and through advocacy, education and promotion of their circumstances. Learn more at www.operationward57.org.
About The Freeman Project: Lisa Freeman founded The Freeman Project after the death of her son, Marine Capt. Matthew Freeman on August 7, 2009 in Afghanistan. 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. The Freeman Project features the Pens and Paper for Peace & Matthew Bears Programs. Learn more at http://www.freemanproject.org/
About Laura Coffren & FCCLA:
Laura Coffren is currently a Family and Consumer Science Teacher at St. James High School in Murrells Inlet, SC. Her students involved with the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) program at St. James High School in Murrells Inlet, SC volunteer their time in order to make an impact on their community and become leaders that make a difference.