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Squeezing hope out of lemons
Addison Garman, 10, left, Skyler Garman, 8, and Hailey Garman, 10, stand ready for business Wednesday at their lemonade stand in the Piercefield subdivision in Richmond Hill. Their proceeds were donated to The Matthew Freeman Project: Pens and Paper for Peace. - photo by Julia Harison

What do the words “lemonade stand” and “Matthew Freeman Project” have in common? Three girls named Addison Garman, 10, Hailey Garman, 10, and Skyler Garman, 8.  
The sister trio, who is visiting their grandparents, Janelle and Robert Fuller of Richmond Hill, for the summer with their mother, Joy Fuller Garman, wanted to have a lemonade stand with a purpose.
“We wanted to have a lemonade stand all summer, but we wanted to donate the money to some place,” explained Hailey. “My nana had the idea of donating the money to the Freeman Project.”
And on Wednesday, their wish of having a lemonade stand for a good cause came true as they set up shop in the yard of their grandparents’ house in the Piercefield subdivision.
Hailey said she and her sisters were moved by the story of local Marine Capt. Matthew Freeman and his last request to his mother, Lisa Freeman.
“The kids would ask the Marines for pens and paper instead of food and water,” Hailey said. “Matthew Freeman wrote a letter to his mom from Afghanistan and told her that. We want to help his mom get the pens and paper.”
Lisa Freeman founded The Matthew Freeman Project: Pens and Paper for Peace following the August 2009 death of her son, who was killed in action in Afghanistan.

Read more in the July 14 edition of the News.

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