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February 16, 2011
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February 16, 2011
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So there I was sitting in a tent in Afghanistan during Christmas, away from my friends, family, and about anyone who cared when in walked a sergeant with a big box full of goodies. I would have a Christmas presant afterall. Thanks to the Hugs Project everyone in that tent got to have a little something nice this Christmas. Thank you Hugs Project!

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This soldier smiled on Christmas

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

Nothing

February 15, 2011
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February 15, 2011
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Some of our scout troop helped HUGS in OKC a couple of years ago for service time. I have 3 sons who are scouts and they enjoyed working to help our troops try to enjoy a few of the comforts of home. From what I have read in email attachments to HUGS, our efforts were much appreciated. I hope that our troop will volunteer again for this much worthy cause.

M Welch

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

Reading emails from our US Soldiers thanking HUGS for their sincere work in making their lives easier.

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February 14, 2011
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February 14, 2011
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II am a retired Vietnam Veteran. When I was serving in Southeast Asia there was not any origination doing what the Hugs Project is doing. It would have been great to receive packages from people that you did not know and know that they really did care about what we were doing and how we were.
When we retuned from Southeast Asia we were spit on, called names and look at as the sum of the earth.
The Men and Women that serve this country today deserve better and this a group of great people that are showing them that there is people who do care about what they are doing and how they are living. They do a great job of getting needed supplies to the Men and Women of our arm forces.
Karen and all of her volunteers are to be commended for all the hard work and long hours that they put in.
I would have loved to have received a package and support that they give everyone.
I have been a volunteer for a short time but due to work requirements I can not spend as much time helping all that I want.

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

In the short time that I have helped I have received a lot of satisfaction in knowing that I have helped some of out troops.

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

Not change a thing. Karen has things going good and knows how to get things done and to get the help that she needs. We just need more Money to get the packages to the troops.

February 14, 2011
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February 14, 2011
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I love The Hugs Project because the packages sent to our troops touch them on a personal level. Every care package is packed with – well, much care. We often think about the troops and wish we could let them know how much we appreciate their sacrifice. The Hugs Projects sends encouragement from “home” to our troops and, of course, the true vision of the “hug” is brilliant – a cooling tie that will help lower the body’s temperature when in the heat. A real source of comfort physically as well as emotionally. We receive an e-mail each week with “thank you’s” from the troops and it’s heartwarming to read how they felt when the received their package, often sharing it with everyone they can. I wish we could send every service man and woman a package from The Hugs Project…they deserve it! They deserve our best for defending our country and our home.

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

volunteering at The Hugs Project to make cooling ties for the troops and knitted caps that they can give to the children.

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

help them organize a sustainable fundraiser.

February 12, 2011
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February 12, 2011
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Our daughter is in Afghanistan and their Unit has been put in a camp with the Nato soldiers away from the other Americans. She and the other members of the Unit have received boxes of goods from your organization. The receipt was completely unexpected, a wonderful suprise and spirit lifting for them all. The smallest package or card received by a soldier helps them make it though the day and lets them know they are not forgotten. Please keep up the good deed. Our soldiers look forward to it and depend on it.

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

receipt of goods to soldiers

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none

February 11, 2011
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February 11, 2011
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Not only does this organization help and support troops in need of simple yet scarce supplies, but they also provide a fun and social environment for those with little to do or those who just need a reason to get out of the house. These people are literally some of the nicest people anyone could ever meet. If you need some community service hours, they're there to help. If you wanna get out of the Lazy-Boy and do somethin productive, they're there to provide. If you want to help out the troops over seas fighting for our freedom, whether they are a relative, a loved one, or just a friend, the Hugs project is the place to be. I personally love every moment I'm there, packing care packages, ironing hugs, or even bagging up chocolate. There's many jobs available, creative jobs for the kids and even simple jobs like sowing and ironing for those who need to sit and still be productive.

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I've witnessed the impact the original founders, Karen and Ray Stark, have made on those with loved ones over seas and even veterans that stop by. The stories held within Karen Stark are strong enough to pull a tear from even the manliest soldier.

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

Invite more and more people because we can never have too much help.

February 11, 2011
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February 11, 2011
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The Hugs Project is an awesome group of really friendly, wonderful people - all working together for a common goal - to let our fine young people serving in Afghanistan and Iraq know how much we support and appreciate all that they do - (the fact that we have so much fun and laughter why doing so shouldn't count, but it does!) It is amazing to me to watch, when I volunteer each week, everyone pitch in, figure out as an all volunteer what/how needs doing and "get 'er done." Awesome!

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

by reading the thank you letters and emails that come from the men and women serving over there. They are so grateful for the smallest of things - wish we could "Hug" them all.

Ways to make it better...

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

find a way to attract a volunteer who was proficient in fund raising. We are 100% volunteer - even our founder/leader takes no salary and local businesses are very generous with food stuffs but we are in constant need of funds to pay for the shipping of the packages. (before volunteering, I thought packages to war zones were shipped free - boy was I wrong!)

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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?

Okay

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

more chocolate :)

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

have made so many new friends - I tend to be a "loner" so this was a big step.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

good - really, really good.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 11, 2011
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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011
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My Father was career Navy, having served in the "Silent Service" in WWII, Korea, Vietnam. He was a Naval Recruiter during the Vietnam war. I saw first hand how poorly many treat those who serve to keep us free and vowed to do all in my power when I had a chance to make sure those who serve now know how important they are and how much we support them. When I volunteer every week I see men and women of all ages and all back grounds working together to do just that and am so thankful to be given the opportunity to volunteer at Hugs. The best days at Hugs are when any of my Grandchildren are able to go with me - they learn first hand about the sacrifices our military makes.

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

Reading the thank you letters from our troops serving in Afghanistan and Iraq describing how thankful they are for the smallest of things we put in the packages and how proud they are to be able to serve America brings not only fresh tears each week but also fresh determination to do all possible to make sure we are able to send out even more packages to them.

Ways to make it better...

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

find a way to get more funding so we can send more packages. The Post Office charges US 12.95 per package - we send 1,000s of packages so are constantly trying to find enough money to send all the packages that are so desperately needed by our troops.

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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?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 10, 2011
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Review from Guidestar
February 10, 2011
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I love working with the Hugs Project because it provides me with a great way to give simething back to the men and women serving in harm's way to provide me with the freedoms I enjoy every day. I can use my everyday skills to create things useful to others. The care packages we put together contain common supplies we take for granted here in the US, but which may be impossible to get where our service men and women are posted on foreign soil. When was the last time you had to go without basic hygiene supplies like toothpaste, shampoo, or soap? I know I would be lost without them. I can't imagine living in a tent (or less) and not having access to the simplest things. The Hugs Project is filling a big void and the volunteers who serve are wonderful supporters of our troops. I highly recommend this organization to anyone who wants to help our sons and daughters survive their service abroad.

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

the many letters from troops who have received our care packages. I do not have a son or daughter currently serving, but I have had a son in the Navy and I know how much he enjoyed receiving a care package from the states.

Ways to make it better...

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

make the facility open and available six days a week instead of three.

February 10, 2011
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February 10, 2011
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MY HUSBAND I HAVE WORKED AT OR SUPPORTED THE HUGS PROJECT FOR SEVERAL YEARS AND ARE ALWAYS AMAZED AT THE DEVOTION AND CARING OF ALL VOLUNTEERS. THEY PUT A LOT OF THOUGHT INTO WHAT GOES INTO THE BOXES AND THE LETTERS COMING FROM THE TROOPS EXPRESS THEIR GREAT APPRECIATION. ALL THIS ENCOURAGES US TO GIVE AS MUCH AS WE CAN AFFORD BECAUSE IT IS SO GREATLY NEEDED AND APPRECIATED.

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

I HAVE EXPERIENCED THE RESULTS OF THIS ORGANIZATION BY READING THE LETTERS OF GRATITUDE FROM SOLDIERS AND WORKING AT THE OFFICE

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

I WOULD MAKE NO CHANGES.

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