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Hugs Project Incorporated

Rating: 4.98 stars   211 reviews 13,810

Nonprofit Issues:

Human Services, Veterans, Women

Address:

720 W. Wilshire, Suite 105 Oklahoma City OK 73116 USA

Mission:

Our mission is to give a “hug” (handmade item of warmth or cooling depending on season) to every American serving in the Middle East. We want every deployed troop to know we support their mission to protect our freedoms & to provide freedom to the people of the Middle East. This is our way of saying “Thank you, we appreciate you for serving our country”.

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405-651-8359
http://www.TheHugsProject.com

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Reviews for Hugs Project Incorporated

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been working with the Hugs Project & Karen Stark for years through my 4-H Club. She never fails to tell her story to the members and it just seems to hit home with many of them! Being able to send a little bit of love from home to our men and women stationed so far from home is the least we can do! The Hugs Project in Oklahoma is a wonderful organization that never says "no"! Through the countless hours and volunteers, Karen tries to ensure that every Oklahoman stationed abroad has a care package which shows her passion for our military! The need for care packages are not as many as in the past, but the donors, volunteers and staff continue with the mission. If you are looking for a great organization to donate to whether, it be monetary; time or products; you will not be turned away!!

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I've been supporting the Hugs Project for many years. I love the fact that supporting our troops with care packages is a priority, as well as supporting those troops who have returned home and need help with PTSD (The Hugs Project provides the oxygen for The Patriot Clinics.). Knowing that my donations are being used so wisely makes giving easy!

 
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1 person found this review helpful

The Hugs Project is a 100% volunteer organization sending care packages to our beloved troops. No one takes a salary at The Hugs Project, which sends about 100 packages a week and over 5,000 at Christmas. Each box contains "hugs," cooling neckties, which are hand made (over 1 million have been sent so far) and many items which are hard for our troops to get. Our troops deserve the thanks of a grateful nation, and The Hugs Project is trying to show our soldiers just how important they are to our freedom!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I've been volunteering with The Hugs Project for about three years. You will never meet a more dedicated group who work tirelessly for our troops. No one takes a salary; our headquarters, electricity, and water are donated by Crossroads Mall--almost every dime that is donated to The Hugs Projects goes back into sending care packages or buying materials to make a Hug neck cooler or other supplies. What an awesome organization!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Send many more care packages to our troops, teach more people to make Hugs and other items we send the troops, and quit worrying about where our postage money we need for the next month is coming from!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

We absolutely love what The Hugs Project is doing for our service members! Karen and Ray Stark are the most dedicated people I know. They are so welcoming to anyone who wants to help. All of the volunteers I've met there have amazing hearts.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

We have been sending care packages to deployed troops since 2004. In recent years we have also begun to provide FREE hyperbaric oxygen treatments (HBOT) to ALL veterans in conjunction with The Patriot Clinic. Both of these organizations are 100% volunteer run. I support both of these charities with my time and money. These two groups are the largest donations in my budget. I am fully confident that every dime they receive is spent to help our brave men and women.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The Hugs Project mails between 50-100 boxes each week full of lifesaving cooling ties (called Hugs) which can reduce body core temps by 7+ degrees, hygiene supplies, canned food and beef jerky. We've sent out 1.4 million hugs, 200,000 "kisses” (cooling helmet liners) and more than 462 TONS of care package items in the 8 years since The Hugs Project began. At Christmas we send out 5,000 Christmas boxes. In addition to the usual items, each box will contain some homemade goodies. We believe that every American serving in harm's way deserves the thanks of a grateful nation.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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7 people found this review helpful

I found this group when I was looking for an Eagle Scout project. I was so impressed that I continued to volunteer with them.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Fantastic!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Send care packages to all needy troops.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

 
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2 people found this review helpful

The Hugs Project is a super non-profit with a great, dedicated group of volunteers. I am so proud to have The Hugs Project as a local group to which we can donate. What a special service this organization offers to our troops and veterans.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

The Hugs Project has faithfully supported our deployed troops for years and now they also aid those who have returned with brain injury/PTSD by helping them secure Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. Fantastic group - best return for donations of money and time that I have seen!

 
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For about 5 years I have been privileged to serve with the wonderful men and women at The Hugs Project by helping organize some of their Christmas pack projects and by assisting in whatever manner might be needed. Currently I facilitate the recycling of used cell phones and ink cartridges for money to assist with postage and supply needs. My church's military support ministry works cooperatively with The Hugs Project in several ways, and we have involved all ages in our church from children as young as two through our senior citizens. Karen's assistance to our ministry has been invaluable as has her cooperation with countless other military support groups. Her goal is always to show America's finest young men and women that we care for them and appreciate what they are doing for us back home and for the people in the countries they serve.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

serving alongside such fine volunteers - and hearing from our troops.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

selfless, dedicated, caring, generous men and women who give of themselves for ABSOLUTELY NO monetary compensation. They are rewarded by knowing that what they do helps to ease things somewhat for our valiant troops serving in harm's way.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

focus our energies on filling and shipping more boxes rather than on trying to figure out ways to raise postage money. Ideally The Hugs Project would like for every one of our military men and women to receive packages of care.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Love what The Hugs Project does for those who remain in harm's way. Now, they are also working with clinics that treat PTSD and traumatic brain injury with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. Good stuff!!

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I loved volunteering today! Everyone was so Nice and Caring! Definitely coming back to volunteer more!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

We love our troops and strive to let them know they are loved and respected. If you have a loved one or friend who is currently deployed "in harm's way", please send their mailing address to: TheHugsProject(at)cox.net

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give each volunteer a great big {{{HUG}}}.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The Hugs Project is dedicated to making sure each and every member of our military feels the love and support from back home. If anyone has a loved one serving far from home during the holidays, you can send the address to: TheHugsProject(at)cox.net and they will receive a special care package as a thank you for their service.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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5 people found this review helpful

I've worked with The Hugs Project for 7 1/2 years as a volunteer. We have no paid staff and our work space is donated. All donated funds go to help our troops.

We send care packages and cooling ties to troops. We love and appreciate all our troops and want them to know America has not forgotten them.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

visits from troops when they come to OKC. They make sure they come by to say "thanks". Sometimes they even work with us to make sure the support continues for those still in harm's way.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make sure everyone knows how important support is to our troops.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I was introduced to The Hugs Project by a coworker five years ago. My husband deployed two times since that meeting and THP sent packages to my husband and everyone that was deployed with them. The boxes they packed were loaded to the top. My husband's group was so amazed at how much they put into the care packages. I was so impressed with THP that I came on board and currently serve as their President. THP is filled with amazing volunteers who have so much love for our troops.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

My son and his Marine buddies benefitted from the Hugs every tour served in Iraq! Knowing people from home care did wonders for lifting their spirits! Thank you for all you do!

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Wonderful group that's very caring and has lots of love for soldiers!

 
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