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March 17, 2010

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March 17, 2010

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

my office, when I mentioned working with The Hugs Project, and a veteran nearby told me that the cooling ties really helped when he was deployed, and how grateful he was to THP.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

knowing I'm helping making a difference in someone's life, working alongside others who believe in supporting our troops.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

cheerful, energetic, positive, and welcoming.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

secure a more permanent location, rather than depending upon donated space, and send even more cooling ties and care packages.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 17, 2010

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March 17, 2010

For about 5 years I have been privileged to serve with the wonderful men and women at The Hugs Project by helping organize some of their Christmas pack projects and by assisting in whatever manner might be needed. Currently I facilitate the recycling of used cell phones and ink cartridges for money to assist with postage and supply needs. My church's military support ministry works cooperatively with The Hugs Project in several ways, and we have involved all ages in our church from children as young as two through our senior citizens. Karen's assistance to our ministry has been invaluable as has her cooperation with countless other military support groups. Her goal is always to show America's finest young men and women that we care for them and appreciate what they are doing for us back home and for the people in the countries they serve.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

serving alongside such fine volunteers - and hearing from our troops.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

selfless, dedicated, caring, generous men and women who give of themselves for ABSOLUTELY NO monetary compensation. They are rewarded by knowing that what they do helps to ease things somewhat for our valiant troops serving in harm's way.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

focus our energies on filling and shipping more boxes rather than on trying to figure out ways to raise postage money. Ideally The Hugs Project would like for every one of our military men and women to receive packages of care.

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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March 17, 2010

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

helping send care packages to our troops.

Ways to make it better...

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

concentrate on fewer items, but then perhaps not, because all our volunteers need to feel they are needed and that their ideas are important

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The feeling of caring and sharing experienced even through the internet.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

fabulous. The people at the Longmont, CO "Hugs" are wonderful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

flood our troops with Hugs and caring.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to devote to this project.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding to fill and send the care packages and coordinating ideas and suggestions nation wide.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I could not imagine knowing a more caring and self less group of people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 17, 2010

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March 17, 2010

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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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the love and care that goes into all the work that they do to support our troops.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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March 17, 2010

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.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

as a former female soldier that had issues finding certain items while deployed, this organization truly sends items that are desparately needed over there.

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

For the past two Christmas seasons I have had the priviledge helping the HUGS PROJECT with their Christmas packages. The volunteers at HUGS are a great team. They really care about the men and women over fighting overseas. They prove that with every box they pack. When we pack boxs make some of the goodies or one of the games. We are putting a little bit of us in each of those boxs. So our men and women in the service know that we care about them.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The difference I have helped make in the lives of our men and women in the armed services. Along with the many friends I have made while working with HUGS.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

I have met the founder Karen and her husband Ray. I have met just about all of those who work at the Hugs Project.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Reach more of our service men and women overseas. Most of all they wouldn't have to worry about the Postage Bill at Christmas time.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 24, 2012

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March 17, 2010

I've been volunteering with The Hugs Project for about three years. You will never meet a more dedicated group who work tirelessly for our troops. No one takes a salary; our headquarters, electricit... more

October 24, 2012

The Hugs Project is a 100% volunteer organization sending care packages to our beloved troops. No one takes a salary at The Hugs Project, which sends about 100 packages a week and over 5,000 at Christmas. Each box contains "hugs," cooling neckties, which are hand made (over 1 million have been sent so far) and many items which are hard for our troops to get. Our troops deserve the thanks of a grateful nation, and The Hugs Project is trying to show our soldiers just how important they are to our freedom!

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

March 17, 2010

I've been volunteering with The Hugs Project for about three years. You will never meet a more dedicated group who work tirelessly for our troops. No one takes a salary; our headquarters, electricity, and water are donated by Crossroads Mall--almost every dime that is donated to The Hugs Projects goes back into sending care packages or buying materials to make a Hug neck cooler or other supplies. What an awesome organization!

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Send many more care packages to our troops, teach more people to make Hugs and other items we send the troops, and quit worrying about where our postage money we need for the next month is coming from!

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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March 17, 2010

I volunteered with hugs for about 6 months and I have never been so proud of anything in my life. What a wonderful organization this is. Karen formed a small thought of love into a huge organization of "hugs" for our serviceman and women. Thank God for all men,women and Karen who cared enough to help in a bad situation.

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

none

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working for a good cause and seeing the results

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

all of the staff and most of voluteers

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

stop or service men and women from suffering the heat

Ways to make it better...

you couldnt

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

money and space to work

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

March 17, 2010

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March 17, 2010

IM A SSGT IN THE ARMY NATIONAL GUARD DEPLOYED OVERSEAS PULLED FROM MY GOOD PAYING FULLTIME JOB AND HAD TO DEAL WITH A SMALLER PAY CHECK FOR A YEAR 3 X AND BE IN CHARGE OF 30 TROOPS. THE HUGS PROJECT SENT US CARE PACKAGES THAT MADE US REMEMBER THAT THE LIES ON THE NEWS DIDN'T MATTER BUT THE PRIDE OF THE AMEERICANS ARE STILL WITH US AND SOME STRANGER THAT I NEVER MET CARES ENOUGH TO LET ME KNOW AND PRAY FOR OUR SAFE RETURN. AFTER MY DUTY WAS COMPLETE I RETURNED THE PATRIOT PRIDE WITH VISITING EVERY STUDENT AT THEIR SCHOOL ON THEIR BIRTHDAY, PLUS FINDING THIS LADY WE CALL MOM OF THE MILITARY AKA MRS. KAREN STARK. I FIND HER SUPPORTING THE TROOPS AGAIN AT A COOK OUT FOR THE MARINES AT SGT. GRITS (GRUNT.COM) THANK HER AND ASK HOW CAN I HELP HER DO WHAT SHE IS NOW DOING FOR US TROOPS, THEN I VISIT HER AGAIN AT THE LOCATION WERE THEY ARE PUTTING CARE PACKAGES TOGETHER AND IT GAVE ME A NEW DUTY AS IRON THE HUGS BEFORE ADDING THE CRISTALS. AND WITH MY DAUGHTER WORKING AT STARBUCKS SHE HELPS COLLECT COFFEE FROM ALL THE LOCAL STARBUCKS DONATING WEEKLY COFFEE. SHE WAS ABLE TO LEARN FROM THE HUGS PROJECT HOW TO MAKE THINGS WE SEND TO THE TROOPS LIKE HAND WARMERS, SCARF, STOCKING CAP, AND A FEW SEVERAL MORE ITEMS. THIS GROUP OF PEOPLE DO SOME MUCH FOR THE TROOPS FOR NOTHING IN RETURN, THEY TRUELY LOVE THE TROOPS AND THE COUNTRY THEY DEFEND. FROM THE 1ST DAY I STARTED SUPPORTING THEM I CAN'T THING OF A DAY I DID NOT TELL SOMEONE ABOUT THEM. I EVEN HAVE FUN EVERY TIME IM'M THERE, THE BEST TIMES ARE DURING THE CHRISTMAS PASSING OF EVERY CARE PACKAGE IN A LONG HUMAN CHAIN OF OVER 4,000 CARE PACKAGES PASS EVERY HAND TILL IT FINDS THE US POSTAL TRUCK TO GO ON ITS WAY TO A TROOP IN HARMS WAY THAT IS SOMETHING ME AND MY DAUGHTER BOTH WILL NEVER FORGET. THANK YOU FOR THE TIME AND GOD KEEP BLESSING THE HUGS PROJECT RET. SSGT TED KREY FORMER USMC/ARMY/AIRFORCE (MILITARY POLICE) SEMPERFI AMERICA BLESS GOD STOP ASKING HIM TO DO WHAT HE IS DOING AND START LOOKING FOR WHAT HE HAS DONE...

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

GIVING MY TROOPS UNDER ME GOOD STUFF AND THE COOLING TIES FROM THE HUGS PROJECT AND MY DAUGHTER LEARNING TO MAKE THINGS

Ways to make it better...

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

GIVE THEM A BIGGER BUILDING THE AREA THEY HAVE TO WORK IN IS NOT ENOUGH ROOM

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

THE CHRISTMAS CARE PACKAGE PASSING IN THE MALL AS A HUMAN CHAIN OF HANDS TOUCH EVERY CARE PACKAGE TILL IT MAKES THE DOORWAY TO FIND THE POSTAL TRUCK

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

FRIENDLY, PATRIOTIC, FUN, JUST FULL OF LIFE, AND SO WILLING TO DO ANYTHING FOR THE TROOPS (YOUNG AND OLD)

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

HAVE THEIR OWN BUILDING AND NEVER MOVE AGAIN (MOVED 3 X) HAVE EVERYTHING THEY NED TO ALWAY TAKE CARE OF THE TROOPS FOR A VERY LONG TIME 10 MILLION FOLD. PLUS I KNOW THE SEVERAL DOLLARS BEFORE KAREN ALWAYS FINDS A WAY TO STRETCH EVERY DOLLAR.

Ways to make it better...

THE PEOPLE WOULD DONATE ENOUGH SO THE HUGS WOULD NOT HAVE TO USE THE MONEY FOR ITEMS NEEDED AND THE POSTAGE GOING OVER WOULD BE FREE DO TO ITS GOING TO THE TROOPS

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

THE LOCATION THEY ARE LOCATED IN MAY BE SOLD TO A DIFFERANT OWNER, WERE WILL THEY BE ABLE TO STILL OPERATE AND STORE THE ITEMS WAITING TO BE PACKED AND THE COOLING TIES PUT TOGETHER.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I NEVER MET ANYONE SO TRUELY DETICATED TO ALL THE TROOPS AS KAREN STARK, I HAVE SOME TIMES WISH SHE WAS MY MOM BUT I HAVE TO SHARE AND LET HER BE AKA MOM TO ALL MILITARY FOR IT TAKES SOMEONE WITH A BIG HEART LIKE KAREN TO HAVE THAT MANY KIDS ALL MILITARY

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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March 17, 2010

It was the Christmas season of 2009, and I was looking for a place to volunteer my time and help many people. I'm so very glad to have come across The Hugs Project, because I not only found what I was looking for, but much more. The amount of items and care packages being prepared to be sent off to the troops was abundant, and the love and dedication going along with these packages was just as great. Many people are touched, helped, loved, and honored by The Hugs Project, and I can only hope and pray for further growth of the venture and it's family of volunteers.

Ways to make it better...

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

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

knowing that there is a way for myself, as a non-serving citizen, to support our country by supporting the troops that are physically out there in service.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

passionate, determined, dedicated, and full of the good pride and support of our troops and our country.

Ways to make it better...

I would have spent the whole day volunteering instead of a few hours! So much can be accomplished by these volunteers, and time is always ticking, you know?

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

being sure that there will be a place to set up in the future; the mall where the office is located has had an empty feeling about it for a while now, and I'm just nervous that it will disappear one day...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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