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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 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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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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