A youth football coach has rallied the Hingham community in support of two boys who recently lost their father after losing their mother four years ago.
Jeff Reilly coached with the boys’ dad, Kevin, before he passed away unexpectedly at the age of 43. The brothers, Liam and Mason Lennon, also lost their grandmother last year, Reilly told Boston.com. They will now live with their grandfather. Liam is a sophomore at Hingham High School, while Mason is an eighth grader at Hingham Middle School.
Reilly set up a GoFundMe page for the boys, and the community has responded with overwhelming support.
“It means people care, and whether it’s a $1 donation, $5 donation, or multi-thousand-dollar donation, people want to send a message that they care about other people,” Reilly said. “It just means that people get it and they really understand the predicament these boys are in, and to everyone’s own best desire or best ability they’re trying to help in any way they can.”
As of 2 p.m. Tuesday, 1,000 people had donated nearly $140,000 towards the boys’ futures. The GoFundMe page notes that the money will be placed in a trust managed by their aunt and used to help the brothers attend college or start a career when they’re older.
Reilly noted that the current difficult times make Hingham’s efforts even more impressive.
“In these troubled times when people are struggling, people are still willing to help, and it makes you feel good about your sense of, ‘it’s not all bad,’” he said. “If all you’ve been hearing about is all negative, and all bad, and COVID, this really changes the dialogue about people and what really matters most.”
Reilly also mentioned that he has talked to the boys recently and both understand how much people care about them.
“They’ve had a tough life, I think ultimately they’re going to reflect back on this and feel really good about how everyone wanted to step up and help them,” said Reilly.
Contributions to the fundraiser can be made at their GoFundMe.
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