Our Mission: Aidan's Animals is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization created to provide comfort items to children and teens facing difficult circumstances.
Our Story: On December 3, 2011 after a busy day of family pictures and visiting with relatives, my husband and I secured our 2 young children in their child safety seats and headed from Lincoln to our home in Bellevue. Shortly after departing, both of our children, Aidan 2 years old and Ansley 17 months old, were settled in the back seat watching their favorite Disney Movie. At one point I turned around to check on the kids and found our son, Aidan had already fallen asleep. We had been very busy that day and like many 2 year olds, Aidan had a difficult time winding down enough to take his usual afternoon nap. He looked perfect at that moment and the atmosphere was absolutely peaceful. Little did I know that this peace would soon be shattered by the sound of a semi truck slamming into the back of our vehicle and killing our son. Devastated, our family moved through the next few days, weeks and even months in a fog. People from all over Nebraska expressed their condolences and offered memorials. We were amazed at the generosity of the community and knew we had to pay them back. As we brainstormed and tried to devise a way to show our appreciation, a few initial acts of kindness stood out to us. When we had initially gone to the hospital to be treated after the wreck, Ansley had been given a homemade quilt to help warm and comfort her. When we had gone to the State Patrol Office to retrieve some personal belongings a few days later, Ansley was again provided with a small token of love and comfort but this time in the form of a teddy bear. This bear and the quilt from the hospital quickly became favorite items in our household, reminding us of the good we had to be thankful of in the world. These items paired with our son's memory and love for animals inspired the creation of "Aidan's Animals". By providing children in crisis items of comfort through first responders, our family and supporters give hope and comfort to those in desperate need of both. We are so grateful for what the community has done for us and hope that you will help us give back!
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