Our Story


The Matthew Bellamy Project was founded after the death of our eleven year old son Matthew on January 22, 2010.  He left school with a friend for what was to be a normal sleepover. It quickly turned into our worst nightmare when he was accidentally shot and killed by his twelve year old friend.  The gun that killed Matthew was left unsecured on a bed in their guest room; no one checked to see if it was unloaded.  Our son's death was an accident, but it is one that could have and should have been prevented. 

Matthew was a precious, loving little boy. He always had a smile on his face and you simply could not be in a bad mood around him. He loved God, his family and his friends. His favorite sports were soccer, baseball, and basketball. He loved going to church, watching Sponge Bob, eating pizza, text messaging his friends, playing computer games and doing anything outdoors. Most of all Matthew just loved life! He was never afraid to show affection to his family. He had many friends and did not see color or differences in others. Matthew lived his life fully and completely, loving others and giving of himself generously. He lived his brief life in a way that should be an example to us all. He touched many lives in his eleven years on this earth. We now believe that through his death, he will touch and change countless lives.  Matthew was a truly happy person and left a lasting impression on all who knew him. 

Our family now works through the Matthew Project to prevent these types of accidents for other families.  We pray that other families will hear of Matthew's untimely, preventable death and take action to protect the children in their lives. Our lives have been forever changed by the death of our son.  It is our hope that by sharing our story, another family will be spared the heartbreak we continue to live with every day.    

Chip & Mylissa Bellamy

And we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. ~ Romans 8:28

 

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Our Mission


Our family owns guns and respects the rights of others to do so. However, in spite of the fact that we keep our guns locked in a safe, where children cannot reach them, we lost a child due to an unsecured gun. Out of our heartache, we share our story:


  • Encouraging adults to be responsible for the proper unloading and storage of their firearms

 

  • Encouraging adults to educate children about gun safety and the proper handling of firearms

 

  • Urging parents to ask: "Are there unsecured firearms where my children play"?

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Chip and Mylissa are available to speak for your organization or present

the Eddie Eagle Program to your children's group. 

Please call or email them for more information.

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$8.00 Chicken Bog Plate comes with green beans, bread, and tea. 

Dinner is served 4:30-7:30. Curb side take-away is available. 

Silent Auction tables begin closing at 7:00.

We will have (3) local elementary school chorus performances:

5:30 Waterway Elementary

6:00 Riverside Elementary

6:30 Ocean Drive Elementary

And...New for this year: kid's game area, glitter tattoos, and a bake sale!

As always...FREE gun locks will be available as well.

For updated silent auction items and event info visit our Facebook Event Page.

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Matthew Bellamy Project