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"WELCOME HOME!"
Donations are always being accepted
via credit card through SoldiersAngels.org
Please mark or flag the donation as:
Washington-Spc. Aaron Aamot Drive
In honor of our local fallen hero;
SPC Aaron Aamot










HOLIDAY GIFT DRIVE in HONOR of our local Hero,
SPC. Aaron Aamot

Was completed Dec 1, 2009.
We shipped to Ft. Lewis over 115 large boxes
full of snacks, soups, candy, socks, CD's, Videos, Books, Magazines, toiletries, and wonderful letters. We are proud of the effort that everyone supported and gave from their hearts. We have also collected over $2500 dollars for purchase of items, such as phone cards.
Thank you everyone!

Special Thanks to:
Julie Morelli, of Soldgersangels.org, who organized the packaging
Kathy Bergman of Soldersangels.org


Peoples Bank
All branches, but special thanks to Folks from:
Peoples Bank, Troy Wills, Manager of Downtown Bellingham Branch
Peoples Bank, Jan Armstrong, Manager of Barkley Branch
Peoples Bank, Patty, Manager of the Guide Meridian Branch


KGMI
KGMI Radio, Jackie Cartier, Patti and Joe!
Joe & Patti of KGMI live broadcasted at Peoples Bank at 4183 Guide Meridian
November 30th from 8:00am - 11:00am
Thank you KGMI for providing your talent and time to such a wonderful cause

Ludtke Trucking, Chris Moran for helping package and delivery of items to Fort Lewis
Anderson Paper & Packaging for the drop off boxes and shipping boxes.

Debbie Dufrene, At Home America, Home Decorations and Gifts
LaserPoint Awards & Promotionals, Kathy and Randy Cross
Sharon Patrick, Tots-to-Teens Consignment Boutique


For more information:
[email protected]



Aaron Seth Aamot

Aaron Seth Aamot was born on April 12, 1987, in his grandmother's house on the Guide Meridian, Bellingham, WA. He was killed in action on November 5, 2009, in Afghanistan. Aaron was raised in Whatcom County on a small farm in Custer, WA. He was active in the Critters & Co. 4-H Club and the Ferndale FFA. The Whatcom Youth Fair and the Northwest Washington Fair were favorite events for Aaron. The attacks on September 11, 2001, gave Aaron the determination to serve his country in the armed forces. After graduating from Ferndale High School in 2006, he went to Basic Training in Fort Benning, Georgia. After being stationed at Fort Lewis, Aaron enjoyed his role driving a Stryker vehicle in the newly formed 5th Stryker Brigade. The 5-2 SBCT deployed in July 2009 to the area around Kandahar. Aaron was driving his Stryker on a patrol when it hit a buried explosive. He is survived by his parents, Mark and Julie (Hinds) Aamot of Custer; siblings, Matthew (Angela), Joshua, Nellie (Ricky) Huisman, Benjamin (Catrina); Dale; Ethan; and Daniel. Grandparents are the late Arnold Aamot and Charlotte (Reeck) Aamot of Bellingham, and William and Donna (McDougle) Hinds of Sedro-Woolley. Aaron was a devoted uncle to nephews Elijah, Samuel, Oliver, and Nathaniel, and nieces, Evelyn, Janett, Ella, and Catherine. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2009, at 1:00 PM, in the Ferndale High School Gymnasium. The public is invited to attend. A graveside service will be held at Haynie Cemetery immediately following. Those wishing to honor Aaron's memory and service may do so at any ICU branch where a fund has been started to benefit the 4-H Youth Programs in Whatcom County. Aaron's family also requests that the community keep the soldiers who are still in harm's way and their families in prayer. You may share your thoughts and memories of Aaron on the online guest book at www.molesfuneralhomes.com Moles Family Funeral Homes & Crematory - Ferndale

Aaron's Family regularly sent Aaron care packages, and his best friend Gary Gooch, was not so lucky to have so much support while they served together, Aaron shared his package. Aaron mentioned it to his mom, so she started to send items for him and his friend. Gary Gooch also lost his life in the same explosion as Aaron.

In honor of our soldiers, who work so hard for our freedom, we are asking for your help!




We have over 4000 soldiers that are coming home to Ft. Lewis at the End of May.

Recommended Donation Items:

  • Please keep in mind that all food items must be in the manufacturer’s original packaging.
  • No HOME COOKED ITEMS - such as cookies etc., these will be tossed out because potential tampering
  • Ziploc bags make sure that potentially leaky items don’t make a mess
  • Religious items are boxed and shipped differently, and will go to the chaplin directly and not to individual soldiers in these packets.
  • Gift cards from families and kids are excellent
  • Food
    Powdered Drink Mixes
    (individual packets are best)
    Cookies, crackers, pretzels
    (in snack sizes)
    Tuna in a pouch
    Beef, chicken or turkey jerky
    Cheese spread (no aerosol cans!)
    Ramen noodles
    Snack cakes
    Gum
    Nuts
    Granola bars
    Pop Tarts
    Dried fruit
    Trail mix
    Pistachios
    Raisins
    Red licorice twists
    Tootsie Rolls (both candy and lollipops)
    Peanut butter Triscuits
    Wheat Thins
    Canned meats (no pork products)
    Hard candy (individually-wrapped)

    Sports Equipment
    Baseballs
    Baseball gloves
    Soccer balls
    Basketballs
    Volleyballs
    Squirt guns
    Frisbees

    Entertainment
    AA & AAA batteries
    Craft kits
    Scrapbooking materials
    Books (mysteries, action, drama, science fiction)
    Magazines – new or nearly new
    (sports, news, entertainment, travel, nature)
    Playing cards
    Small hand-held games
    Crossword puzzles
    CD's\DVD's

    Hygiene Supplies
    TOWELS
    Toothpaste
    Toothbrushes
    Soap
    Body wash
    Shampoo and conditioner
    Deodorant
    Perfume

    Miscellaneous
    Blank cards
    Stationary, paper
    Pens
    Letters
    Ziploc bags (sandwich, qt., gal. sizes)


    The Fall 2009 Gift drive:
    Aaron's Family regularly sent Aaron care packages, and his best friend Gary Gooch, was not so lucky to have so much support while they served together, Aaron shared his package. Aaron mentioned it to his mom, so she started to send items for him and his friend. Gary Gooch also lost his life in the same explosion as Aaron.

    Special Thanks to:
    Julie Morelli, who organized the packaging
    Kathy Bergman of Soldersangels.org

    Anderson Paper & Packaging for the drop off boxes and shipping boxes.
    Ludtke Trucking, Chris Moran for helping package and delivery of items to Fort Lewis
    Peoples Bank, Troy Willis, Manager of Downtown Bellingham Branch
    Peoples Bank, Jan Armstrong, Manager of Downtown Barkley Branch
    Peoples Bank, Patti, Manager of the Guide Meridian Branch
    Debbie Dufrene, At Home America
    KGMI Radio, Jackie Cartier, Patti and Joe!
    LaserPoint Awards & Promotionals, Kathy and Randy Cross
    Sharon Patrick, Tots-to-Teens Consignment Boutique


    Joe & Patti of KGMI will be broadcasting LIVE
    from Peoples Bank at 4183 Guide Meridian
    on the last day of the drive
    November 30th from 8:00am - 11:00am
    Thank you KGMI for providing your talent and time to such a wonderful cause.

    Last Gift drive supporter and locations

    1. Tots-to-Teens Consignment Boutique, 1740 La Bounty Drive #2 (next to Cost Cutter), Ferndale, Hours: M-F 10a - 6p, Sat. 11a - 5p, Closed Sunday - (360) 383-0919 **10% off all proceeds from sales November 17-29 will be used to purchase items for Aaron's Regiment
    2. Bellingham Whatcom Chamber of Commerce, 119 N. Commercial Street, Suite 110, Bellingham, Hours: M-F 9a - 5p
    3. Ferndale Family Medical Center, 5580 Nordic Place, Ferndale - (360) 384-1511
    4. Hot Dogz Professional Grooming, 2054 Main Street, Ferndale - Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat 8a - 4p, Closed Sun & Thurs - (360) 312-9101

    ...by the way, you are awesome to work with! I am completely and totally satisfied with your efforts and attention and with our delivery date. Thank you so much!

    -Vickie
    Center for Spiritual Living

    Begining April 5, 2010
    Container boxes
    where distributed
    at the following
    locations by
    April 12:

    These websites will accept credit card donations, there are many options for donating.
    soldiersangels.org
    whatcomhomefront.org



    A


    These were the drop off
    Locations:


    1333 Cornwall Ave
    Bellingham
    (360) 734-9811
    Website‎ - Directions

    B
    1401 12th St
    Bellingham
    (360) 650-1059
    Website‎ - Directions

    C
    4183 Meridian St
    Bellingham
    (360) 671-1303
    Website‎ - Directions

    D
    2900 Woburn St
    Bellingham

    (360) 647-4529
    Website‎ - Directions

    E
    1895 Main St
    Ferndale
    (360) 380-1014
    located inside
    Cost Cutter.
    Website‎ - Directions

    F
    418 Grover St
    Lynden

    (360) 354-4044
    Website‎ - Directions

    G
    200 E Main St
    Everson
    -
    (360) 966-5884
    Website‎ - Directions

    H
    8071Guide Meridian Rd # 101
    Lynden
    - (360) 318-0575
    Website‎ - Directions

    I
    1700 Front St
    Lynden

    (360) 354-3152
    Website‎ - Directions



    Whatcom Fire
    District
    Locations:

    FERNDALE:
    Whatcom County
    Fire District #7
    drop points:

    Station 41
    2020 Washington St
    Ferndale

    Station 43
    5368 NW Dr.
    Bellingham
    (Smith and Axton)

    Station 46
    6081 Church Rd.
    Ferndale


    BELLINGHAM
    Station 21
    (Geneva Station)
    4518 Cable St
    Bellingham
    WA 98229

    Station 22
    (Sudden Valley)
    2050 Lake Whatcom Blvd
    Bellingham
    WA 98229

    Station 29
    (West Lake Samish)
    705 West Lake Samish
    Bellingham
    WA 98229



    Please contact Becky Raney at:
    (360) 738-4931
    [email protected]

    1. We will need help putting the packets together
    2. Distributing posters - They can be picked up at Print & Copy Factory / 4055 Irongate Road
    3. Spreading the word on facebook: FACEBOOK SITE FOR SPC Aaron Aamot
      and other social media sites
    4. Spreading the word with friends and family and at work!
    5. Start a box at your work for co-workers and collect items and then drop off to any of the drop off locations






    We would also like to list all of the local charities that are already supporting the troops and their families.
    Please consider them all year long.

    These two charities are helping us put this together:

    Whatcom Home Front is a local Whatcom County organization that has been sending packages to soldiers from Whatcom County about five times a year since 2003. Keep them on your ongoing list of places to donate to all year long. You can also email them at [email protected]





    Soldiers' Angels is a National Organization that makes it easy to "adopt" a soldier or submit your own so others can have a chance to contribute to them. Their motto is: "May No Soldier Go Unloved" with ongoing projects to help with.


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