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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Citizen Participation, Human Services, Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans, Women, Womens Service Clubs

Mission: Our mission is to give a “hug” (handmade item of warmth or cooling depending on season) to every American serving in the Middle East. We want every deployed troop to know we support their mission to protect our freedoms & to provide freedom to the people of the Middle East. This is our way of saying “Thank you, we appreciate you for serving our country”.

Programs: Prepare care packages for shipment to war zones for active militarypersonnel. Each care package contains food, personal hygiene items,and hand-sewn items.

Community Stories

140 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love working with the Hugs Project. I enjoy hearing the stories of the men and women who receive the packages and how much they love the items in them. The Hugs Project uses everything that is donated to them. This is a great organization made up entirely of volunteers who work from the heart, not for a paycheck.

3 Sherri B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering for The Hugs Project in 2006. This year we assembled care packages to send to the troops! It is a very organized and fun group to be a part of!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In 2006, when my son joined the Army National Guard, I started looking for an organization for which I could actually do something based around my work schedule. I came across The Hugs Project and the pattern for the "hugs" (cool ties). Since I can sew, I knew this was the organization for me! I could make these on my own time and then simply ship the "hug" to them.That was 6 years ago and I am still doing it, despite being remarried (to a former Navy member) and moving out of state! I love this organization!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

There is no stronger support group for our troops and veterans than the Hugs Project! I have volunteered in various capacities for years and have learned that no donations are wasted. All money goes to our troops. Karen, Ray, and all the loyal volunteers love our military, and it shows in all that they have done and continue to do for our service members. You may help support this fine organization no matter your age or your financial standing. Everyone can have a part in uplifting and encouraging our troops by investing your time, talents, &/or treasures.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Hugs Project has faithfully supported our deployed troops for years and now they also aid those who have returned with brain injury/PTSD by helping them secure Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. Fantastic group - best return for donations of money and time that I have seen!

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3 Julie259

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great organization. All donations go to help the troops. No one earns a salary! My mom and I have made cookies, hugs, bracelets, dog leashes and so many other things. We've also collected donations like soap, shampoo, coffee, tea, condiments. This organization has helped me help our men and women serving this great country. I've been a volunteer for many years and plan to continue for many more. Everyone who works there makes you feel loved and respected.

Hearing the stories from the men and women who receive the care packages and how much we are helping them feel appreciated makes it all worthwhile. You couldn't ask for a better organization to help. Everything that comes in is used in someway to further the cause. Volunteer or donate today!

1 Angie62

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a 4-H leader, I am constantly searching for community service projects for the kids to participate in. Karen and Ray Stark are such sweet people who work with the kids and never let us leave without Karen visiting with them about her 4-H career. Coming from a military family, I am more than eager to support our service men and women. It gives me pride to know that a box we packed was sent and received by very grateful military personnel. I know that a small gesture on our part helped make a person far from home a little bit brighter! I highly recommend everyone to take a few hours to volunteer at The Hugs Project in support of our military!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working with the Hugs Project & Karen Stark for years through my 4-H Club. She never fails to tell her story to the members and it just seems to hit home with many of them! Being able to send a little bit of love from home to our men and women stationed so far from home is the least we can do! The Hugs Project in Oklahoma is a wonderful organization that never says "no"! Through the countless hours and volunteers, Karen tries to ensure that every Oklahoman stationed abroad has a care package which shows her passion for our military! The need for care packages are not as many as in the past, but the donors, volunteers and staff continue with the mission. If you are looking for a great organization to donate to whether, it be monetary; time or products; you will not be turned away!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We absolutely love what The Hugs Project is doing for our service members! Karen and Ray Stark are the most dedicated people I know. They are so welcoming to anyone who wants to help. All of the volunteers I've met there have amazing hearts.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have been sending care packages to deployed troops since 2004. In recent years we have also begun to provide FREE hyperbaric oxygen treatments (HBOT) to ALL veterans in conjunction with The Patriot Clinic. Both of these organizations are 100% volunteer run. I support both of these charities with my time and money. These two groups are the largest donations in my budget. I am fully confident that every dime they receive is spent to help our brave men and women.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Hugs Project mails between 50-100 boxes each week full of lifesaving cooling ties (called Hugs) which can reduce body core temps by 7+ degrees, hygiene supplies, canned food and beef jerky. We've sent out 1.4 million hugs, 200,000 "kisses” (cooling helmet liners) and more than 462 TONS of care package items in the 8 years since The Hugs Project began. At Christmas we send out 5,000 Christmas boxes. In addition to the usual items, each box will contain some homemade goodies. We believe that every American serving in harm's way deserves the thanks of a grateful nation.

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Military Supporter

Client Served

Rating: 5

Love what The Hugs Project does for those who remain in harm's way. Now, they are also working with clinics that treat PTSD and traumatic brain injury with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. Good stuff!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I loved volunteering today! Everyone was so Nice and Caring! Definitely coming back to volunteer more!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I heard many times of the ladies meeting in a near by town to make cake in a cup to send of to those in service for our country. Last year I joined the group and what a wonderful event. We spent the day chatting, laughing and filling mugs. I then heard how the mugs would travel with one of the ladies to a state south and then on to the service people. What a wonderful way to say thank you to those giving so much. The Hugs Project offers a wonderful way for people to give back if even just one cup at a time. Thank you Hugs Project

1 Jo W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work every Thursday and enjoy working with this dedicated group of people. We hope the unique and thoughtful items we include show our appreciation to our Service Men and Women how much we appreciate what they do for us.