I have been asked to send an update on the list of goodies that we are in need of! I hope this helps. We have been very busy at Aaron’s Gifts From Home and I have not kept up with my blogs very well. Packing day this month is Oct. 20th at 3:00pm. We will be packing around 80 boxes! Hope to see those in our area!
A List of goodies to send to troops
Ramon Noodles Cereal Bars
Beef Jerky Easy Mac and Cheese
Canned fruit Pop Tarts
Spaghetti O’s Hot Chocolate
Beef Stew, Chili, Soups Peanuts
Trail Mix Animal Crackers
Baby Wipes Sunflower Seeds
Hot Sauce Sun block (in plastic tube)
Granola Bars coffee (singles)
Spam fruit snacks
Fruit Roll-ups travel size body wash
Combos travel size mouth wash
Cheese and Crackers travel size Purell
Individual Drink Mixes Deodorant for men and women
Slim Jims small footballs
Star Kist Lunch To Go magazines (Hot Rod, Hunting, Readers Digest
Tooth brush Toothpaste
Hand Warmers puzzle books
Toe Warmers Dental floss
Body Warmers microwave popcorn
It has been a busy time at Aaron’s Gifts From Home! We have been packing boxes on a regular basis to our troops! Just last week we sent out 42 boxes which were packed by our volunteers and are on their way to the troops! We just received 2 new units to send to so we will be very busy getting those packed and ready to ship! We sure could use donations during this time! Any type of donation, whether it be monetary or goodies would really be appreciated!
Aug. 12-17th we will have a booth at the Midland County Fair! We are looking forward to meeting many of the community and surrounding area to talk about what Aaron’s Gifts From Home offers to our troops overseas! We are still fairly new to many and believe or not the community does not know about us. So this will be a good opportunity for us to meet with everyone!
July 12, 2013 was a very emotional day for us. Aaron was honored at his grave by having a balloon release to celebrate his life! We were very blessed to have 3 of his buddies that he served with in Afghanistan here, and also we got to meet Lucas and Chris who flew the Medevac to transport Aaron and his Lt. to the hospital. We were presented with the flag that was on the helicopter. It is so hard to believe it has been 2 years since this happened. It still seems as though it was yesterday! It really helped us to have a packing day that Sunday. Somehow it seems to help with our grief knowing we are helping the moral of our troops so far from home by sending goodies to them.
Thank you all so much for your support! Aaron’s Gifts From Home could not do what we do without it!
Hi everyone! We have been busy at Aaron’s Gifts From Home. Many exciting new opportunities to let the community know of our organization and what we do. We will be in the Memorial Day Parade on May 27th, Great Lake Loons on June 8th and will have a booth at the Midland County Fair Aug. 12-19th.
Please remember to honor the fallen on this holiday! We will be remembering our son HN Aaron Ullom by having lunch with him at his grave and putting a stone on the graves of his fellow brothers and sister’s of the military to just say thank you. Have a safe weekend and remember to say a prayer for all the Gold Star families!
God bless and thank you all for your support!
Great news! We received our nonprofit 501 (c) (3) status on Thursday March 21, 2013! All of us at Aaron’s Gifts From Home are thrilled with this news. We didn’t expect it to come this quickly, so needless to say it was a pleasant surprise!
We packed over 40 boxes to the troops Sunday and they will be shipped this week! So exciting to see these boxes leave the house to our hard working military!
We are having our first fundraiser since becoming nonprofit! We want to thank Emily Maggert and her mother Margaret for doing this for Aaron’s Gifts From Home!
God bless your week !
There have been many of you who have requested snack items or any goodies that you would like to donate. Here is a list of items that we need:
Baby wipes Slim Jims Beef Jerky puzzle books Pringles in single packs
Trail mix Peanuts cookies crackers Cheez its
Jiff peanut butter to go Ritz crackers stackers Tuna salad with
crackers granola bars Ramon Noodles coffee single servings drink mix foot powder
canned chili beef stew fruit in can hot sauce combos fruit gushers fruit roll ups
Dvd’s paperback books velveeta cheese summer sausage cracker jacks popcorn
pop tarts Spam
You can also contact me via Aaron’s Gifts From Home on facebook or email me (Debi) at firstname.lastname@example.org
God bless our troops!
Wow we were really busy over the holidays making sure our troops got their goodies in time for Christmas! It was so much fun buying toys and food, and filling stockings for them! We had volunteers come pack for 3 Sundays in a row to make sure all boxes got out by the Dec. 10th deadline. Our volunteers and supporters were so awesome! We had received over 100 new names, so you can imagine the joy it was for us to be able to bring smiles to our troops!
After Christmas we were blessed to have SPC Upleger join us in packing boxes for 54 new names. He is home on leave and wanted to help send boxes to his fellow brothers and sisters serving our military. He was a recipient of goodie boxes while deployed and he wanted to share in the joy of packing! He was joined by his mom, and it was a great thing to see. Lori is so proud, and I got a little emotional thanking God he was home and well. We loved having him here and the volunteers loved that he was here also! What a great day it was! We made him a Welcome Home sign and he loved it! We packed 66 boxes Sunday and they are off to the troops this week. Yipppeee!
It was a little bittersweet over the holidays without Aaron, but doing Aaron’s Gifts From Home helped my family make it through the tough times. We visited Aaron’s grave and asked him to give us a sign that we were doing what he would want us to do in his memory, and I have to say I felt it strongly that this is what he would want us to do. I am not going to lie there are days when I get really overwhelmed and wonder if we can continue! It has been a long road to get non-profit status, and when you work with a lawyer it seems to take forever for them to get things moving at the pace you want them to move! I swear they go on vacation a lot…haha. I had a little bit of a melt down for about a week, but the supporter’s and volunteers give me strength, and I prayed a lot. The military are my family and you don’t let down family, or at least you shouldn’t. :) So enough of my pity party and back to business!!
As I have mentioned before I am working with a lawyer on non-profit and the 1023 forms and 501/3c are getting typed up hopefully as I write this. Kevin and I spent 3 hours 2 weeks ago composing a mission statement, board of directors, and a financial out look for the next 3 years. Wow that was a hard one… :) Thank God Kevin is good with math! The lawyer has received our paperwork and I have been hoping he gets this to the IRS this week. What a long process, but it will be worth it in the long run.
To all our supporters please share our page and hopefully we get over 2,000 likes by the end of the year! :) To all our military family, we love you and support you! May our good Lord watch over you and keep you safe and healthy! Goodies will keep coming as long as you are deployed!
I hope this finds all of you well and May you all have a very Happy New Year!
Debi (Aaron’s Mom)
Wow I keep forgetting I have this blog and see that I haven’t posted anything since September! We have been so busy getting out over 300 boxes since the last time I blogged. What a blessing it has been to see so many goodie boxes being sent to our men and women deployed overseas!
We have met so many wonderful cashiers at the stores we shop at! When they see all the goodies that we buy they ask what we are doing, and of course it is so much fun to tell them about Aaron and Aaron’s Gifts From Home! They have cried, hugged us and have liked Aaron’s Gifts From Home’s facebook page! The support of our friends, family and new friends have been amazing! The gifts of cards, time, and monetary gifts have been so supportive! I thank you all! As a matter of fact 1,159 supporters! How cool is that! Aaron would be so thrilled!
The children’s involvement with all of their cards is so heart warming! As I read some of them I couldn’t help but smile and cry and laugh! It is so neat to see how they are so thankful for the troops! Thank you parents for letting the children send them, and for explaining to the them what our troops doing for their freedom! Thank you to Bridge Creek Elementary, Freeland Elementary, Mrs. Keane’s 2nd grade class, St. John’s Lutheran Sunday School! Looking forward to receiving girl scout cookies for Daisy Troop 138 of West Central Florida, and my young friends Laney and other daughters and sons of our supporter’s on our facebook page! The troops will love receiving them all, over 500 cards went out to the troops in their goodie box for Christmas! It was so much fun filling the troops stockings with toys….we are never to old to get toys!!!! I sure hope some of them send us photo’s. I know they are very busy, but seeing some of the smiles would bring me the greatest gift at Christmas!
We miss Aaron so much! I miss his goofy faces he made at me, and their were many…haha! I miss him always having to say the last word to anything I had to say, even if it was just to say, “I’m just saying” We miss his smile, and the arm around my shoulder when I was having a bad day! The holidays are hard, but it has helped us to send out all these goodies to our troops! I smile every time the mailman Neil takes away all the boxes because I know someone who is receiving the box will appreciate it and will appreciate Aaron’s service to his country!
It has been a long process to become a non-profit, but we are getting there. Articles of Incorporation have been filed, next step, which is Tue. will be filing for the tax exempt ID no.with the IRS. Then it is a 3 to 6 month wait. Oh boy, anyone who knows me are probably saying, oh oh Debi is not good with the waiting game! haha. Yep, your right I am not, but it will be worth the wait. So meeting with lawyer Tue. will be the big step! Please pray all goes well!
Please share our page and get your friends and family to like Aaron’s Gifts From Home! We do not stop sending goodie boxes after Christmas! We mail goodies all year round! As long as our troops are deployed, we will be sending! :)
On behalf of my husband, son, and myself I want to say thank you! May you have a very blessed Merry Christmas!