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March 17, 2010

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March 17, 2010

I volunteered with hugs for about 6 months and I have never been so proud of anything in my life. What a wonderful organization this is. Karen formed a small thought of love into a huge organization of "hugs" for our serviceman and women. Thank God for all men,women and Karen who cared enough to help in a bad situation.

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

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

working for a good cause and seeing the results

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

all of the staff and most of voluteers

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

stop or service men and women from suffering the heat

Ways to make it better...

you couldnt

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

money and space to work

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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March 17, 2010

Having been the Commander of the Oklahoma Air National Guard, I am an ardant supporter of the amazing work that "The Hugs Project" does for our soldiers and airman. The volunteers, the leadership, the dedication to keep those defending American aware that folks at home appreciate their sacrifices. They are a 4 star in my book.

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

Their hands on and absolute dedication to America's defenders

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

Hundreds of people commit whatever resources, time, work, money, but lots of love to help get the work done.

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

They could change the lives of soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines who defend our freedoms.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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IM A SSGT IN THE ARMY NATIONAL GUARD DEPLOYED OVERSEAS PULLED FROM MY GOOD PAYING FULLTIME JOB AND HAD TO DEAL WITH A SMALLER PAY CHECK FOR A YEAR 3 X AND BE IN CHARGE OF 30 TROOPS. THE HUGS PROJECT SENT US CARE PACKAGES THAT MADE US REMEMBER THAT THE LIES ON THE NEWS DIDN'T MATTER BUT THE PRIDE OF THE AMEERICANS ARE STILL WITH US AND SOME STRANGER THAT I NEVER MET CARES ENOUGH TO LET ME KNOW AND PRAY FOR OUR SAFE RETURN. AFTER MY DUTY WAS COMPLETE I RETURNED THE PATRIOT PRIDE WITH VISITING EVERY STUDENT AT THEIR SCHOOL ON THEIR BIRTHDAY, PLUS FINDING THIS LADY WE CALL MOM OF THE MILITARY AKA MRS. KAREN STARK. I FIND HER SUPPORTING THE TROOPS AGAIN AT A COOK OUT FOR THE MARINES AT SGT. GRITS (GRUNT.COM) THANK HER AND ASK HOW CAN I HELP HER DO WHAT SHE IS NOW DOING FOR US TROOPS, THEN I VISIT HER AGAIN AT THE LOCATION WERE THEY ARE PUTTING CARE PACKAGES TOGETHER AND IT GAVE ME A NEW DUTY AS IRON THE HUGS BEFORE ADDING THE CRISTALS. AND WITH MY DAUGHTER WORKING AT STARBUCKS SHE HELPS COLLECT COFFEE FROM ALL THE LOCAL STARBUCKS DONATING WEEKLY COFFEE. SHE WAS ABLE TO LEARN FROM THE HUGS PROJECT HOW TO MAKE THINGS WE SEND TO THE TROOPS LIKE HAND WARMERS, SCARF, STOCKING CAP, AND A FEW SEVERAL MORE ITEMS. THIS GROUP OF PEOPLE DO SOME MUCH FOR THE TROOPS FOR NOTHING IN RETURN, THEY TRUELY LOVE THE TROOPS AND THE COUNTRY THEY DEFEND. FROM THE 1ST DAY I STARTED SUPPORTING THEM I CAN'T THING OF A DAY I DID NOT TELL SOMEONE ABOUT THEM. I EVEN HAVE FUN EVERY TIME IM'M THERE, THE BEST TIMES ARE DURING THE CHRISTMAS PASSING OF EVERY CARE PACKAGE IN A LONG HUMAN CHAIN OF OVER 4,000 CARE PACKAGES PASS EVERY HAND TILL IT FINDS THE US POSTAL TRUCK TO GO ON ITS WAY TO A TROOP IN HARMS WAY THAT IS SOMETHING ME AND MY DAUGHTER BOTH WILL NEVER FORGET. THANK YOU FOR THE TIME AND GOD KEEP BLESSING THE HUGS PROJECT RET. SSGT TED KREY FORMER USMC/ARMY/AIRFORCE (MILITARY POLICE) SEMPERFI AMERICA BLESS GOD STOP ASKING HIM TO DO WHAT HE IS DOING AND START LOOKING FOR WHAT HE HAS DONE...

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

GIVING MY TROOPS UNDER ME GOOD STUFF AND THE COOLING TIES FROM THE HUGS PROJECT AND MY DAUGHTER LEARNING TO MAKE THINGS

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

GIVE THEM A BIGGER BUILDING THE AREA THEY HAVE TO WORK IN IS NOT ENOUGH ROOM

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

THE CHRISTMAS CARE PACKAGE PASSING IN THE MALL AS A HUMAN CHAIN OF HANDS TOUCH EVERY CARE PACKAGE TILL IT MAKES THE DOORWAY TO FIND THE POSTAL TRUCK

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

FRIENDLY, PATRIOTIC, FUN, JUST FULL OF LIFE, AND SO WILLING TO DO ANYTHING FOR THE TROOPS (YOUNG AND OLD)

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

HAVE THEIR OWN BUILDING AND NEVER MOVE AGAIN (MOVED 3 X) HAVE EVERYTHING THEY NED TO ALWAY TAKE CARE OF THE TROOPS FOR A VERY LONG TIME 10 MILLION FOLD. PLUS I KNOW THE SEVERAL DOLLARS BEFORE KAREN ALWAYS FINDS A WAY TO STRETCH EVERY DOLLAR.

Ways to make it better...

THE PEOPLE WOULD DONATE ENOUGH SO THE HUGS WOULD NOT HAVE TO USE THE MONEY FOR ITEMS NEEDED AND THE POSTAGE GOING OVER WOULD BE FREE DO TO ITS GOING TO THE TROOPS

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

THE LOCATION THEY ARE LOCATED IN MAY BE SOLD TO A DIFFERANT OWNER, WERE WILL THEY BE ABLE TO STILL OPERATE AND STORE THE ITEMS WAITING TO BE PACKED AND THE COOLING TIES PUT TOGETHER.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I NEVER MET ANYONE SO TRUELY DETICATED TO ALL THE TROOPS AS KAREN STARK, I HAVE SOME TIMES WISH SHE WAS MY MOM BUT I HAVE TO SHARE AND LET HER BE AKA MOM TO ALL MILITARY FOR IT TAKES SOMEONE WITH A BIG HEART LIKE KAREN TO HAVE THAT MANY KIDS ALL MILITARY

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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March 17, 2010

It was the Christmas season of 2009, and I was looking for a place to volunteer my time and help many people. I'm so very glad to have come across The Hugs Project, because I not only found what I was looking for, but much more. The amount of items and care packages being prepared to be sent off to the troops was abundant, and the love and dedication going along with these packages was just as great. Many people are touched, helped, loved, and honored by The Hugs Project, and I can only hope and pray for further growth of the venture and it's family of volunteers.

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

knowing that there is a way for myself, as a non-serving citizen, to support our country by supporting the troops that are physically out there in service.

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

passionate, determined, dedicated, and full of the good pride and support of our troops and our country.

Ways to make it better...

I would have spent the whole day volunteering instead of a few hours! So much can be accomplished by these volunteers, and time is always ticking, you know?

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

being sure that there will be a place to set up in the future; the mall where the office is located has had an empty feeling about it for a while now, and I'm just nervous that it will disappear one day...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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March 17, 2010

I have worked w/The Hugs Project for 3 yrs and believe that all the bigs things and all the little things that we do let's our troops know that we stand behind them, support them, believe in them and love them. The Hugs Project let's our troops know that we care. We really have no idea what they go through each and every day, but when we send them something whether a letter, hug, or food item, they know that somewhere back home someone believes in what they are fighting for.

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

reading letters from our troops. Hearing the stories from troops that have returned home.

Ways to make it better...

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

get them more funds so that they wouldn't have money problems when they need to send packages overseas

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

I am allowed to make items at my convenience and hearing about all the troops being happy to hear and receive the items from The Hugs Project.

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

very nice and hard workers.

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

do everything it needs to do to help our troops!

Ways to make it better...

I personally had more time to volunteer.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

not enough funds!

One thing I'd also say is that...

I truly believe they are doing GREAT deeds for our troops.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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March 17, 2010

I have enjoyed sharing my crafts with our troops. I have helped with sending cards and care packages to our troops. I also make dashboard angels to add to my care packages. Sending condolences to the families of USA fallen Hero's.

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

the joy of sharing with the USA Troops

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

Meeting others that share my interests

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

Helpful and inspiring

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

Share our donations to a lot more of our troops at home and overseas

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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March 17, 2010

I am deployed in Afghanistan, and am the MWR leader for my Unit. I am writing you to tell you how wonderful your project is. There was so much help, support, and love from all of the people that support our unit from the HUGS project that there was enough to go around and more! We all would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts! Bev (the woman I corresponded with from HUGS)was always most helpful and always asked for requests, and no matter what we asked for, our Unit got. I had no idea that projects like this really existed with people in them that cared so much!!! We were all pretty bummed that we were spending Christmas here in Afghanistan, but the people of HUGS made it to where it wasn't so bad. They sent Christmas packages, hand-made Christmas stockings all filled with love and support that we all needed to keep us going through the Holiday Season. It's wonderful to know that someone supports us out there. Alot of times, some of the Soldiers feel like no one out there really truely appreciates what we are doing here. And it's people like you that keep our morale up! Thank you so much for everything you do! Keep it up!!! -SPC Katie Starkey

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

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could keep sending packages all over the Theater of Operations. There is nothing better than knowing that you have people that support you and love you back home. Even if you don't know them personally!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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March 17, 2010

The HUGS Project has been wonderful in sending our donated Girl Scout donated cookies to the troops. They gladly pick up the cases of cookies at our Council and ship them to our military overseas who are anxious to receive them. The HUGS Project and Girl Scouts have a wonderful relationship. God Bless Karen for all her efforts!

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

Ship more care packages to our military, including HUGS and Girl Scout cookies.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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March 17, 2010

It has been my privilege to participate in my small way sewing "HUGS" for The Hugs Project. It amazes me that what started as basically a "one woman show" (Karen Stark) now has over 2000 members nationwide and serves troops all over the world.

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

the personal contact I have had with our troops serving in the wars.

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

dedicated women and men who love our troops.

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

give every member of the armed services a big "HUG".

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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March 17, 2010

I've been involved with the Hugs Project since my son first deployed to Iraq. It enabled me to supply my son and his platoon with cooling ties to help with the heat of summer. It was probably as much as a help for me to be doing something for my son and his friends as it was for the Marines. The cooling ties were a big help.

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

It helped my son endure the heat in Iraq and gave me a concrete way to help him and his platoon.

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

incredibly dedicated with a stick to it attitude.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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