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Free "Mr. H" Help return Matthew to his family
$1,270 raised
8% of $15k goal
18 contributors
68 Weeks running

Thanks to all of you folks who have reached out with your prayers and well wishes for my son, Matthew. Those of you who know him and the work he has done to educate and enrich young people's lives already know him for who he is. Those of you who don't, I can offer you one of his favorite quotes by Russell Barkley, "The children who need love the most will always ask for it in the most unloving ways". Matthew has always reminded me that the true measure of a man was his ability to look beyond the obvious actions and search for the often well-hidden needs. 

Matthew has been arrested and charged with a serious crime. I worked in that system for many years and I know that you need quality legal representation when you stand alone against a system that seems large, unwavering, and often uncaring. 

Let us all come together to support Matthew in his fight to clear his good name and return to the loving arms of his family. I am asking you to help any way you can in my effort to raise money, not only to have him released but also to get him the quality legal representation he desperately needs. I need to raise more money as his next court date is  in on March 7th. He now has a wonderful lawyer who will provide the legal defense Matthew needs.

Matthew has touched many lives over the years. From his days as a student in Friend, NE, to his time at Doane where he received his Bachelor and two Master's degrees, and his twenty years as an educator.  Matthew has never chosen the easy path, he has always worked with the students that no one else had the time or patience to deal with. I have seen letters from those students to him after their graduation, going on to higher education or responsible jobs. To a person, they all agreed that if "Mr. H.", as he has always been known by his students, hadn't taken the time to look beyond the obvious, they would never have realized their true potential. I am reminded of another one of Matthew's favorite sayings that is posted on the wall of his classroom, "Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors."

Thank you for taking the time to read this rather lengthy explanation of our need for funding. Please look into your hearts and donate what you can to help us achieve the goal of getting Matthew out of jail and the quality legal representation he deserves. 

For those of you who wonder about the photo on this page, Matthew the taller of the two, I am the proud Poppa on the right.

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