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Donation drive in honor of toddler's memory

Posted at 10:20 PM, Nov 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-01 23:20:30-04

The Aspen Drake Seemann Foundation was started by his family to honor him after he drowned this summer.

The family started "Stuff the Turkey for Aspen’s Angels," and there will be donation boxes all through the month of November. 

“They really want to give back because those first responders and those doctors and nurses at Children's Hospital did so much for Aspen in those days,” said family friend Lisa Meridith.

The donation box is a way for the family to carry on his loving spirit, and this is the first event for the foundation.

The family is asking for stuffed animals and dolls to donate to first responders and Children’s Hospital. 

There will be two boxes to drop off donations, one at Mangelsen’s and on at St. Patrick’s Church in Elkhorn.

“This is just a beautiful way to do it in the memory of little aspen,” said Father Tom Fangman.

He said the Seemann family is important to the church so he didn't hesitate to allow the donation box, which was already full on day one.

“I don't think it could be done in a more beautiful way than through just the comfort of stuffed animals,” said Father Fangman. 

Meridith said the toys will help other children who have been through a tragedy or fighting an illness, and the support from the church and Mangelsen's has been incredible.

“It is amazing they are willing to do this and they are very excited to help out the Seemann family as well,” she said.

The donations will be collected until November 30th.

For more information on the Aspen Drake Seemann Foundation click here.