LITTLE RIVER, S.C. (WPDE) - A family that's dealt with the loss of their own child is preaching their message of gun safety after learning about the shooting death of a two-year-old on Christmas night.
Police say Tuesday around 6 p.m. Sincere Smith grabbed his father's gun off a table, and it fired. Smith died on the way to the hospital.
Mylissa Bellamy saw the story unfold through tweets and on her computer.
"This happens more often than people realize. A comment that I actually read in a news thread from somebody was 'Well this doesn't happen very often in places like this.' Well yes it does," Mylissa said.
"Matthew was such a vibrant and vivacious child," Mylissa said.
In January 2010, Matthew went to stay at a friend's house.
"Unknown to us a gun had been left on a bed in the guest room, and as his friend picked it up, it discharged," Mylissa said.
T he bullet traveled through their son's heart. At just 11-years-old, Matthew died.
" O ur world ended in that moment , " Mylissa said.
Matthew's death nearly broke the Bellamy's, but as they saw more children killed in accidental shootings, they created the Matthew Bellamy Project to teach others about gun safety.
A bout a dozen times a year, the family goes to different events, hands out free gun locks and teach es kids rules on gun safety.
" W e're not asking people to give up their guns ," Myllisa said. "W e're just asking people if you have guns to be responsible. ..W e just thought maybe in memory of our child, in memory of Sincere maybe we can prevent this from another family."
T he Matthew Bellamy Project operates on grants from the federal government and donations.
The next fundraiser is on January 23rd at the First Baptist Church in North Myrtle Beach.