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Mother sends care packages to service members, people 'running' to help

The proceeds from Saginaw Valley State University's 9/11 Heroes Run went to the organization to help make care packages for those overseas in honor of Debi Bartley-Ullom's late son Aaron. (Photo: Amanda Chodnicki/WEYI/WSMH)

UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. - Not only were people in Saginaw remembering those who lost their lives in 9/11 on Monday, but they were also remembering a special Midland man who lost his life in action in Afghanistan in 2011.

His mother, Debi Bartley-Ullom, started a non-profit organization in his honor called Aaron'a Gifts From Home.

The proceeds from Saginaw Valley State University's 9/11 Heroes Run went to the organization to help make care packages for those overseas in honor of Debi's late son Aaron.

"Well, Aaron would always contact us and would say, 'Ma, we need extra care packages because some of the kids aren't receiving anything'... he said, 'We really could use some more,'" she said. "And I thought, 'What a better way to honor his memory then to send care packages to the military guys?'"

In the past five years, Aaron's mother said they have sent more than 12,000 care packages to service members overseas with everything from beef jerky to blankets to DVDs.

For those who couldn't attend the 9/11 Heroes Run, but wish to contribute to a care package, you visit this website for more on how to help.



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