Press Release


Dana Ostomel



Fallen Coast Guard’s Friends and Classmates Come Together
Raise Funds in His Honor with the Help of Deposit a Gift


New York, NY – March 8, 2012 – Friends have raised over 6,000 dollars for fallen Coast Guard Lt.  j.g. Thomas Cameron’s family with the help of the innovative cash gift registry site The tragic Coast Guard training accident in Mobile, Alabama  last Tuesday claimed the lives of four Coast Guard crewman including Cameron, a Portland native. 


Wanting to honor his service, close friend and academy classmate KC Sowers set up a memorial fund to help raise money for Cameron’s surviving family through  In a matter of a few short days the fund has already raised over 6,000 dollars and counting. is a revolutionary cash gifting site that allows users to set up a free customized cash registry account, taking the awkward out of asking for monetary gifts.  Instead of buying actual gifts, loved ones deposit cash into a personal registry account that users can use towards anything they may need.  The instant and easy setup process along with a direct deposit account makes the site a perfect vehicle for users to share their story while collecting contributions.  The site can be used for any occasion life has to offer including: weddings, baby showers, graduations, retirement parties and fundraising to name a few.


“We are honored that the Deposit a Gift platform can be the venue to help raise funds and awareness to support Thomas’ family in the wake of such a terrible tragedy. It’s been inspiring to watch the donations pour in so quickly with so much heart-felt sentiment honoring Thomas” said's Founder Dana Ostomel.


Sowers had used for her wedding registry and thought it would be the ideal avenue to help raise funds for Cameron.  Since is a one-stop shop, Sowers was able to have the In Memoriam created in a matter of minutes without having to deal with creating an elaborate website or worry about obtaining credit card payments—the site did it all for her. In just a few short days, friends, family, classmates and more have donated over 6,000 dollars in funds. And this is just the beginning. Sowers and friends are encouraging people to continue using with their contributions to the Thomas Cameron Memorial Fund.  


“The Coast Guard is so small and everyone knows everyone, so we are all really affected by this tragedy. It is amazing how our class has come together” said Sowers.


A  memorial service for Cameron is being held today at the Coast Guard Aviation Center in Mobile and another will be held in his hometown of Portland March 12th. To donate to the fund please visit 



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