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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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am extremely impressed at the dedication of all the volunteers with this project to support our troops. The founders and volunteers work tirelessly to find needed funding and new ideas for items that will make our troops lives a little easier. I coordinated our staff Day of Service Project and everyone came away with a sense of pride that we could contribute to such a worthy cause.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Hugs project is an awesome prgram. It provides a valuable service to members of the military in harms way. I enjoy being a part of this organization as a volunteer and feel I could never do as much as they have done.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had been a member of the HUGS PROJECT since 2004 after reading an article in our local paper. My husband is a Viet Nam vet and I wanted a way to help our young men and women in the military. Even though I have never met the "hugs" members in person, I feel like I've known them forever. We are all supportive of each other in various endeavors. It's the best group on the Internet with the biggest heart for our troops.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined this group and many others to support my Soldier. Evan is just back from Afghanistan. The wonderful folks at the Hugs Project sent him several care packages during his year of deployment. They also inspired me to work with a group of friends to make Hugs and send them to Evan's unit to help keep them cool over there!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had been a member of other groups helping our troops, but stayed the longest the HUGS PROJECT since 2006. The people in this group have the biggest hearts for our troops and all is given in a great grass roots effort. Ideas fly from one end of the country to the other to help everyone with any ongoing project. We support each others sons, daughters, wives, husbands and complete strangers. The energy these people generate is fantastic. Groups of various sizes connected with the HUGS PROJECT are all over the country of varying degrees of members, all with the same effort of helping and letting our troops know we are here for them. The largest pitfall is obtaining money for postage, whether with the group or individually. The thank you notes we receive usually brings a lump to the throat, and many tears. Tears of joy knowing we will never forget our troops. I remember the returning Viet Nam troops, and I will never let that happen again. Our troops have our backs. The least we can do is give them a 'hug' and let them know we are here for them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined The Hugs Project in 2006 and am now president of the Elkhart, IN chapter. I've organized our groups here, made hugs, knit wool items for winter, bought care package items, helped with fund raisers and anything else I can to grow THP in our area. It is a wonderful organization and I've been blessed to be part of it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first heard of The Hugs Project in 2007 through our state extension organization, Oklahoma Home and Community Education. One of OHCE's goals was military support, and The Hugs Project serves as a channel, focusing those efforts. We received patterns and training from them and made the cooling ties ("HUGs"), learned how to pack care boxes for shipping, and enjoy the reward of knowing that what we do really makes a difference to the troops. The care packages not only boost morale and provide personal touches from home, they also supply much-appreciated items otherwise unavailable in rugged field conditions. I know The Hugs Project will be there to assist when my sons deploy, and they will know that someone besides direct family members appreciates the sacrifices they make.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have belonged to this organization since at least 2005. I have never seen an instance where the members of this group are doing things for them selves. This group is all about helping our troops overseas, especially the ones in harms way. In fact sometimes imaginations work over time and we have too many ideas for helping our troops. The fact remains that the goal of the Hugs Project remains firm- " a Hug to those serving our country.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I helped to make Hugs for this organization to send to the troops that they love so much. My son was stationed in Iraq and was a recipient of their care packages. Their patriotism and love of our troops puts them at the top of the list of organizations to support in any way possible. Keep up the good work Hugs Project Inc

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When my husband deployed, my children and I wanted to do more for the service men and women who were away from their own families. I truly enjoyed the experience of donating materials, packing care packages and decorating the outside of those boxes that would brighten someone's day in the midst of what had to be a trying time for them. My small children really found the experience to be therapeutic when they felt helpless in that situation.