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March 17, 2010

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March 17, 2010

I have worked with the hugs project for several years. They are a very hard working group of people who offer an enormous amount of love and support to our troops, their families and to those of us who try to do our part. I feel privileged to be a small part of this group.

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

the camaraderie of the members and the love shown to our troops.

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

Meet the needs of all the troops serving overseas allowing them all to experience the love we try to send them!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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March 17, 2010

We wandered into The Hugs Project one day, to have family pictures taken as a fundraiser for the group. We didn't leave for several hours after, as we got involved in repackaging items for the care packages. Karen and Ray don't believe in wasting space in the boxes, so many things are repackaged in ziploc bags. My 5-year old even got to be involved as a "Bunny basher". His first job was to smash hollow chocolate candies into pieces, so the soldiers could have chocolate, and no empty air was shipped overseas. I've packed boxes, filled and tied hand-crocheted neck pillows (or lumbar pillows), filled the tubes that make Hugs, ironed, etc. Karen and Ray don't let anyone feel like they're a stranger, even going so far as to "adopt" my toddler son and include him in the happenings of the group. On another trip, I turned empty RX bottles into "boo-boo kits" with minor first aid supplies that soldiers could carry easily.

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

My dad-in-law was in Afghanistan for a year, and my son got to make him a "HUGS" package when the project found out about him.

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

Everyone is friendly, no one is a stranger, ideas are welcomed, and it's for a GREAT CAUSE

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

All ages (from 5 to 91!!)

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

Ship WAY MORE care packages and not worry so much

Ways to make it better...

There was more money for postage and care package supplies

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

Lack of steady funding, challenges from Postal Service (not wanting to pick up so much from one sender)

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

For-Profit shipping companies could help out!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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March 17, 2010

I was in Iraq and received packages from the Hugs Project from all over the USA. It was very special to see how many people really do care about us over there. It made me feel good for days after opening a box.

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

Iraq. I was stationed there from Feb 07 to Feb 08.

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

being able to share the items that was sent to me with my friends. Even other units that came into the base.

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

I didn't actually meet any of the people who was with the group except by letters, but they are great people who love our country and our troops. You can tell by the way they go all out for us.

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

I'm not sure, but it would be used for supporting our troops. They are great people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

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March 17, 2010

My husband is retired Navy. We were looking for a way to help support our Military overseas and found this wonderful group. We have enjoyed gathering and making items to send to them. I make ornaments, wash cloths, soap socks. We write note cards to include with each item we send. My husband and I want each soldier to know they are being prayed for daily. It is our way of sending them a HUG. Thank you Karen for allowing us to be part of your charity.

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

I am so proud to be one of so many others who all join together to help send HUGS to our soldiers overseas. I am so blessed to be part of this group.

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 16, 2010

This group has been an invaluable aide in my desire to show my support of our Troops in a tangible way. Rather than me trying to guess what I think they need, the group provides specific guidelines and patterns so that the items I send to the troops is effective for their needs. It also helps me to know that I am not alone in my feelings for these brave soldiers.

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

their kindness and generosity of spirit.

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

None in person, but textly in emails. Very helpful.

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

Serve ALL of our brave Heroes.

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 16, 2010

I had been looking for a way to support the troops since my husband, who had been in Viet Nam, came home. I drove to Tacoma, WA, to keep him from experiencing the jeers and taunts of the crowds at the air field. I googled and found "cool ties" and The Hugs Project came up. I knew that was the way!! I thank the Lord each day for what we can do to keep the troops safe from Heat Stroke and send our love to them in Care packages.

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

The desire we all have to support the troops, spend time and donate to efforts to see to it that they are given all they need and want to know they are heroes to us. The thank you letters we receive show us that we are on the right track.

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

Learning to know some of our troops via email and share their families holidays, their hopes for when they return home, the care they have for each other, that they are genuine people with needs and wants and loves!!

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

the most giving, committed, encouraging people I've ever known. They are always thinking of ways to meet needs that will encourage and give joy to the troops.

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

supply the needs and wants of every troop in the war zone and have enough left over to begin to fill the needs of the native people of the land. What an idea!!!!

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 16, 2010

The Hugs Project puts their heart and soul into making care packages for soliders overseas at their own expense. When you do something from the heart, that is what counts. I myself have been involved with The Hugs Project for 3 years now and I consider it an honor to make cool ties and send them off to our troops.

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

receiving a letter from a soldier overseas thanking me for what I sent and showed me the value in my effort.

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Ways to make it better...

I had more money to spend on filling up these care packages.

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 16, 2010

I have been involved with the HUGS project for about 4 years. This fantastic organization has helped me with projects to support our troops and veterans. They have been a font of information regarding rules and regulations for care packages, given lists of needed items etc. They have sent my relatives many different care packages. They are a Godsend to our troops.

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

their mission to support the troops. They sent packages to my nephew at a FOB.

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

Working via the internet and in person with folks all across the country.

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

WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

Support every service man and women in the Armed Forces.

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 16, 2010

I went to a Marine reunion in OK in 2006 and met Karen and Ray who started this project. I was so impressed with what they were doing, and the fact that it was 100% volunteer that I brought it to Western KY. I found in short order that our troops appreciated this effort a great deal. My son who served in Iraq told me "you know dad, I love the packages you send me, you know me so well you know just what to send. But, when I get a package from Ok, Tx, Fl, NY or some other place from people I don't even know, it means so much. Those are people who don't "have" to support me but they do. And it's special". I also found that there were SO MANY of our troops that were not getting ANYTHING from home. The more involved I got, the bigger our small group got. THANK YOU to this project for allowing us to be a part of a great group of people who's only objective is to show love and support to those who deserve it so much. Our troops give their all for us, the least we can do is show them we care. Thanks to The Hugs Project and it's affiliates all over the world, we are able to do that in a big way. Thanks to the donors and volunteers, it is a success. BUT, in order for it to continue, it takes YOU. Donors and volunteers are needed always. The more donors and volunteers, the more love and support that can be shown. No matter how large or how small, everyone can do something. Donate funds, donate items or donate your time... just do something to show your support.

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

sending packages, making Hugs, Kisses and Smellies.

Ways to make it better...

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...

the love and appreciation we received from the troops we've supported. Knowing that we are making a difference in the lives of our troops for the better.

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

the most caring and helpful people I've ever known. If your willing to show love and support, they are willing to do what ever they can to help and guide you. We could not have grown as we have without the guidance and support shown by these great people

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

Send a great number of our troops even more love and support.

Ways to make it better...

We had more volunteers to work on a regular basis.

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

Donations and volunteers. People are becoming complacent about our troops who are giving their lives for us.

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

From the emails, letters, cards and thank-yous we've received from the troops, their lives would be worse off without this group. I've been told numerous times that THIS GROUP,, has given them the morale boost it takes to do their jobs

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 16, 2010

i have been a member of the hugs projects for several years..the people are wonderful..we all come together like a family and make things happen for our troops.. I have submitted troops that needed care packages and have never been denied one sent to anyone and great reviews from the recipients. Love this organization and we all love and support our troops and each other.

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

troop support

Ways to make it better...

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

donate new sewing machines

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

the hearts of the owners of the group and the members

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

wonderful, personable and caring

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

support many many more troops

Ways to make it better...

i had more finances to send more packages

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

not having money to send all the packages requested and that our troops deserve

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

this organization does its best to fulfill all the needs of our service men and women

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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