NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — It’s a story of courage that seems straight out of a movie. A network of Nashvillians is working to save more than 60 orphans in Ukraine.
“I couldn’t write a movie script and made it up how it all happened,” said Scooter Brown, a recording artist and Navy veteran who lives in Nashville.
It all happened with a handful of people who live in Nashville, including a bar owner, a beer hall owner, a musician, and military veterans.
The rescue was dubbed “Operation Grandma’s House”, made possible by the help of a Ukrainian taxi driver.
“We knew that every time there was a war there were orphans caught in the middle and orphans created,” said Matt Murphy, Founder and CEO of Operation Light Shine.
One of those orphans was a nine-year-old boy familiar to a Nashville family – the Browns.
“The last child we welcomed was from Ukraine, he was an incredible part of our family and felt like that from day one,” Brown said, adding that accommodation was provided by the organization. . New horizons for children.
So he teamed up with Matt Murphy’s Operation Light Shine and a host of others to get the boy and the rest of the kids out of harm’s way.
“The guard who has all his papers so they can get out of the country safely is trapped in a bunker with two children in Kiev, which is under attack by Russian forces, warriors and bombs, and he asked if we could help, and of course I said yes,” Murphy told News 2.
Plan A was to work with Ukrainian special operations forces and intelligence, but the war with Russia has escalated, and with war there is always a plan B.
“We contacted a taxi driver who had lost his wife two days before a Russian attack,” Murphy said. “He launched rocket attacks into Kiev to get them out of the bunker, and we called it Operation Grandma’s House because we literally took them to these ladies’ grandmother’s house about two hours south of the town.”
On Wednesday morning, the orphans crossed the border safely to Poland where Brown found the boy.
“The kids hadn’t had a meal in days…had to leave with shirts on their backs not knowing if they’d ever come home,” Brown said.
Turns out home isn’t a place – it’s where the heart is.
⏩ Find more Top Stories at wkrn.com
“These are the people you know, these are the people who are involved in this, whether it’s my staff or my partners or whatever other organizations and foundations we work with,” Murphy said. “Our ‘One Missionary,’ as we call him, we don’t put his face on anything or say his name because he’s traveling the world and doing great things, you know. He had his hands all over it. God was with him and it’s just amazing what we are able to accomplish when you get the right people together and do the right things.