November 15, 2017 OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- Clint and Lisa Seemann are no strangers to tragedy. They lost their 3-year-old son, Aspen Seeman, in June of 2016 when he drowned at a lake near Waterloo. This family is once again, giving back in honor of their late son.
"Aspen was put on life support, so we were in the hospital for five days and our son Jenner was obviously in the hospital with us, throughout that time, and he was given a stuffed animal,” said Aspen's mother, Lisa Seemann. Jenner now sleeps with that animal every night.
"I think it makes him feel connected to Aspen,” explained Lisa.
It spurred an idea in the Seemann family. Lisa said she wanted to be that source of comfort for other children which, in turn might comfort other parents.
"Because losing a child, there's nothing worse,” Lisa said.
For the second year now, the Aspen Drake Seemann Foundation – which was created in Aspen's honor – is collecting new stuffed animals and dolls at two different locations in the metro.
"A mission to basically honor Aspen's memory, while helping other families,” Lisa said. While she would love to exceed last year's total, what Lisa really wants is the legacy of her son's kind heart to be carried on.
"I just want people to be kind and to give back to people, and really, that's it."
Last year the Stuff The Turkey Drive garnered about 3,000 dolls and stuffed animals. You can donate a new doll or stuffed animal at either Mangelsen's off 84th and Center or St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Elkhorn. All donations will be going to Children's Hospital and Medical Center and Omaha First Responders.
Elkhorn Valley Fitness Honors Aspen's Memory with a Stuffed Animal Drive for Grand Opening - April 23, 2017
OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- Stuffed animals are telling the story of a metro youngster's legacy and touching the lives of children in crisis.
The collection was assembled Sunday in a collaborative enterprise that teamed the Aspen Drake Seemann Foundation with Elkhorn Valley Fitness.
The new fitness facility marked its grand opening with a Stuffed Animal Drive Sunday morning.
The furry contributions will help ease the pain of children over the years to come. The animals will be distributed to first responders who can, in turn, provide them to kids at the most difficult times in their lives - times of crisis; times of recovery.
Clint and Lisa Seemann launched the Aspen Drake Seemann Foundation in honor of their son Aspen who died in June of last year.
Aspen was was reported missing in the water near South 244th and Pacific streets, found about 10 minutes later and taken to the hospital where he later died.
The Foundation now reaches out to other children in times of tragedy. If you'd still like to donate contact the foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elkhorn Valley Fitness Collects Stuffed Animals to Support the Aspen Drake Seemann Foundation's Mission to Help Families Dealing with a Tragedy, Loss or Illness
Rescue Boat named in Memory of Aspen Seemann - February 23, 2017
Omaha, NE (WOWT) -- The Waterloo Fire Department says the memory of a little boy will help them save lives.
WOWT 6 News got first look at the department's new rescue boat Thursday. It's named in memory of Aspen Seemann; he's the little boy who drowned in a lake near Waterloo last summer.
The boat will use special side-scan sonar technology to help in water rescues across the area.
The department purchased the boat using memorial funds donated in Aspen's memory.
Rescue Boat Named for Aspen Seemann
THE ASPEN & ALLEY PROJECT LAUNCH (December 14, 2016)
& Alley Project is a collaboration between the Omaha Fire Department (OFD)
and the Aspen Drake Seemann Foundation (ADSF).
Alley, a 2
year old, yellow Lab was introduced in August as the newest member of the OFD
as an Arson Investigator.
partnership will provide fire and water safety education to the Omaha metro
area, through various events and outreach activities. An interactive
robot, is being custom built for The Aspen & Alley Project, which is
tentatively planned to be introduced on Aspen's first Heavenly birthday on
December 14th. The first event will take place at St. Patrick's School in
ASPEN’S 1ST HEAVENLY BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
(DECEMBER 2, 2016)
were joined by close family and friends to celebrate Aspen’s life and his first Heavenly Birthday on December 2,
2016. The party started after school
with Jenner’s third grade
classmates which included inflatables, games, face painting, balloon twisters,
and a visit from Santa. The kids enjoyed
green cotton candy, Aspen’s favorite treat
(Winnie the Pooh Slushies), green snow cones, popcorn, sliders, mini hotdogs,
pretzel bites, and a candy station with a Paw Patrol cake.
evening party included close family and friends for adults only. Where Aspen’s
favorite band from Okoboji played (Kiefer Brandt and Scott Larsen). We served a specialty cocktail (Aspen's Angel Martini) which was hand
crafted by none other than Kris Ryan. At
11:11pm, we sang Happy Birthday to Aspen and made a wish, and then blew angel
feathers with sparkles to Heaven. It was
a very special evening filled with love.
ASPEN DRAKE SEEMANN FOUNDATION'S FIRST FUNDRAISING EVENT - ASPEN'S ANGEL WING ORNAMENT (December, 2016)
hand made with authentic Aspen
Colorado. Every charm contains a real Aspen leaf
inside. Available in
24 Karat Gold
or iridescent copper
ornaments were hand
crafted with love
by Aspen Seemann’s
family and friends
to benefit the Aspen Drake Seemann Foundation. All proceeds from the sale of
the ornaments will aid first responders and local area hospitals and medical
centers to benefit children and families dealing with tragedy or their own
Ornaments will be available for sale at Mangelsen's and On a Whim in Omaha as well as on the website www.aspendrakeseemannfoundation.org.
STUFF THE TURKEY FOR ASPEN'S ANGELS STUFFED ANIMAL & DOLL DRIVE (November, 2016)
the month of November, 2016, we collected new stuffed animals and dolls to
benefit Aspen’s Angels (First Responders in the Omaha Metro Area and Children’s
Hospital and Medical Center). The stuffed
animals will help bring a smile to children who have been involved in a tragedy
or who are going through their own personal illness. Stuffed animals were delivered to many beneficiaries around the Omaha metro area including: Children's Hospital & Medical Center, The Rainbow House, Ted E. Bear Hollow, Project Harmony, The Lydia House, COPE, First Responders and The Omaha Boys and Girl's Club.