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October 25, 2011
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October 25, 2011
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Some bands that I play in had the chance to perform at a HUGS. We practiced several weeks getting ready and had a really good time working with the volunteers and learning more about HUGS. The letters from the troops were very moving and rewarding.
As a civilian, I'm really glad to know there
are organizations like HUGS that give comfort to our troops who are fighting for our country while we go about life as normal.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

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

A little

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?

2011

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Good. Glad that troops that may not have any family my at least find someone though HUGS to be a friend to them.

February 22, 2011
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February 22, 2011
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Karen Stark and everyone at the Hugs Project is selflessly committed to the mission of extending a heartfelt thank you to every soldier serving in today's military, especially those in harm's way. I have spent enough time volunteering and helping pack boxes, write letters, make cool ties, and am constantly amazed at this organization's tireless effort. I have never been so personally motivated and inspired as I have by the Hugs Project and the hearts behind it. I have seen the good it does first hand and have had the joy and honor of realizing the huge emotional impact that one care package and one note means to each and every troop that recieves them. I have come to value more deeply the importance of the human spirit and how it can be changed through The Hugs Project.
I attended a small carnival outside OKC with the Hugs Project where we set up a small booth trying to gain funds to help our soldiers, and to reach out and inspire others to be greatful for their sacrifices. It poured rain and was cold, but we did not pack up, instead Karen and I huddled in the back of her van, continuing to make things we could send to the troops. When the rain cleared a man stopped by and gave us all a heartfelt thank you and told us of how he was deeply discouraged after returning to the states from his time of service and to see minimal gratitude from other citizens and it motivated him to see what we were doing and he had actually recieved our packages overseas and said that they had boosted the morale of his fellow men in arms. I broke down and cried, and hugged this perfect stranger. There is no deeper connection to humanity than that which I have experienced with the Hugs Project. This organization and It's mission deserve all the recognition they can be given. Thank you Hugs!!

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

in My heart and soul. I have seen results in the thank you letters, pictures, and emails we recieved from troops. In the grateful families that came in to visit, and from the soldier's who returned home and sought us out in crossroads mall to say than you. Genuine, selfless, and real, I have witnessed the good in the results of this organization, and am proud to campaign for them and their cause

Ways to make it better...

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

Provide them with more hours in the day, more volunteers to help, bigger space to pack boxes. They would never run out of necessities that soldiers need and request. I would give them more time in the public eye because America deserves to see what they do! This all takes money. I would only change this organization by making it easier for them to provide for the troops. I would win the lotto and give it to them

February 17, 2011
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February 17, 2011
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My nephew deployed for his third tour. The first two years, I was able to send him packages. This time I could not. Thankfully, I met someone who is actively involved in HUGS. I gave her the APO address, and packages have been going to Jason and his troops ever since. I am so thankful. THEY are even more thankful. This organization is a true blessing.

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

the emails from my nephew. Morale is critical to the health and safety of our troops. He cannot praise this group enough for the change in his soldiers when the packages arrive. I know one volunteer personally. I see her sitting in sunday school working on projects for our troops. Even with her mom in surgery, the waiting room included her supplies. Her example is awesome!

Ways to make it better...

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

get the word out to even more people.

February 17, 2011
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Review from Guidestar
February 17, 2011
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As a Gold Star Mother who's Army Soldier Son was KIA in 2005 in Iraq and Mom of a 2nd Soldier Son, who deployed twice to very dangerous areas in Iraq, I know first-hand how important The Hugs Project is for Troops morale and "family support back home" during the toughest times! The Hugs Project is the epitome of good neighbors, good friends and greatttt Americans by their actions!!! These volunteers are about the hardest working Americans you will ever know! Who always rise to the bar to help our Troops over and over again!

Year after year, The Hugs Project Volunteers selflessly... and tirelessly..must raise donation funds to create, pack and ship thousands of much needed care boxes and cool ties to our Troops serving on the front lines overseas. Their care boxes are life lines from home to our Troops... letting them know some fellow Americans remember them and their daily sacrifices while they courageously serve far from home!! I heard directly from my Sgt. Soldier Son when based in the dessert, in a primitive forward operating base with 130 degree heat, no running water and short supplies receiving care boxes from The Hugs Project totally renewed Soldiers morale and shared goodwill! The Soldiers commented "they don't know what they would have done without those care boxes, as they were reall morale life savers!" A care box and letters can be one of the best ways to let our Soldiers know they aren't forgotten and are appreciated for their service to our nation during a time of war. A box so small that means so much!! For a lifetime of "caring" memories for our Troops! But, The Hugs Project cannot handle this load alone and also need help and support!

Many Americans just assume that care boxes to our Troops are made up and shipped from our military facilities free of charge. That is quite an incorrect assumption as each care box made costs The Hugs Project over $10 dollars a box to be mailed, and the mail carrier is the United States Post Office, not shipping on military cargo planes. And items in the care boxes depend on the donations received or funds sent in to buy the supplies packed. Yearly the costs run into multiple thousands of dollars easily just to continue to send our American Troops a caring box from home filled with love...and hugs!

As community neighbors, The Hugs Project members also kindly and actively support other non profit military support groups in Oklahoma and try to work with them often on Troop projects such as "welcome events at Christmas/ Exodus" at the OKC airport, deployment ceremonies for the Oklahoma 45th Infantry Army and Air National Guard, and numerous statewide and nationwide Troop support events yearly. Also, as a former chapter President of a fellow military non profit support group, The Hugs Project generously helped my organization on several occasions with their time and services and were wonderful partners to work with in helping "get" care boxes sent to our Soldiers. They were much appreciated in their fellow support!

And until the last of our brave Troops are able to return home, The Hugs Project wants to keep remembering our Warriors with hearfelt support and care boxes filled with cool ties and much needed supplies. Please help them with their admirable and continuing goal!
The Hugs Project is a truly outstanding and wonderful organization!!
They are America at it's best!

Jan Martin
Gold Star Mother and former Blue Star Mother
Edmond, OK

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

My 2nd Soldier Son and his platoon received much needed care boxes in Iraq from The Hugs Project when serving in a desolate, dessert outpost that had no running water and were in short supplies. The Hugs Project care boxes and letters greatly improved Troop's morale after arriving in "mail call" during the summer. The Soldiers were ecstatic to see the boxes and share the contents! Some of the Soldiers had never received mail before while deployed, so care boxes were much appreciated!

Ways to make it better...

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

give the Starks the Civilian Medal of Freedom! And make them an important office in the Defense Dept in D. C. in charge of Troop morale and support so it would be mandatory that every U. S. Soldier receives care boxes from The Hugs Project monthly paid for by the govt! Also clone their organization so all military non profits ran with their professionalism and heart!

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

They were a fellow military non profit support group for our Troops in the same town when I was the Chapter President of Blue Star Mothers Chapt. 8, Edmond, OK and we tried to work together with our groups. We met "officially" when the founders, Karen and Ray Stark came over the night they heard my Soldier Son had been killed in Iraq and stayed with me for hours to comfort my broken heart.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

To keep working on Troop Support until our last Soldier comes home from these wars in Iraq and Afghanistan!! Also, is a reminder that non profit military support groups can and should work together and can do so well to aide and support our Troops instead of being territorial in scope as some similar groups truly and unfortunately are!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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

This soldier smiled on Christmas

Ways to make it better...

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.

Ways to make it better...

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

N/A

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.

Ways to make it better...

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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Review from Guidestar
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.

Ways to make it better...

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

help them organize a sustainable fundraiser.

February 12, 2011
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Review from Guidestar
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

Ways to make it better...

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

none

February 11, 2011
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Review from Guidestar
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 personally experienced the results of this organization in...

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.

Ways to make it better...

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

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

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