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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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Donor

Rating: 5

I've been supporting the Hugs Project for many years. I love the fact that supporting our troops with care packages is a priority, as well as supporting those troops who have returned home and need help with PTSD (The Hugs Project provides the oxygen for The Patriot Clinics.). Knowing that my donations are being used so wisely makes giving easy!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked w/The Hugs Project for 3 yrs and believe that all the bigs things and all the little things that we do let's our troops know that we stand behind them, support them, believe in them and love them. The Hugs Project let's our troops know that we care. We really have no idea what they go through each and every day, but when we send them something whether a letter, hug, or food item, they know that somewhere back home someone believes in what they are fighting for.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have enjoyed sharing my crafts with our troops. I have helped with sending cards and care packages to our troops. I also make dashboard angels to add to my care packages. Sending condolences to the families of USA fallen Hero's.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am deployed in Afghanistan, and am the MWR leader for my Unit. I am writing you to tell you how wonderful your project is. There was so much help, support, and love from all of the people that support our unit from the HUGS project that there was enough to go around and more! We all would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts! Bev (the woman I corresponded with from HUGS)was always most helpful and always asked for requests, and no matter what we asked for, our Unit got. I had no idea that projects like this really existed with people in them that cared so much!!! We were all pretty bummed that we were spending Christmas here in Afghanistan, but the people of HUGS made it to where it wasn't so bad. They sent Christmas packages, hand-made Christmas stockings all filled with love and support that we all needed to keep us going through the Holiday Season. It's wonderful to know that someone supports us out there. Alot of times, some of the Soldiers feel like no one out there really truely appreciates what we are doing here. And it's people like you that keep our morale up! Thank you so much for everything you do! Keep it up!!! -SPC Katie Starkey

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The HUGS Project has been wonderful in sending our donated Girl Scout donated cookies to the troops. They gladly pick up the cases of cookies at our Council and ship them to our military overseas who are anxious to receive them. The HUGS Project and Girl Scouts have a wonderful relationship. God Bless Karen for all her efforts!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I've been involved with the Hugs Project since my son first deployed to Iraq. It enabled me to supply my son and his platoon with cooling ties to help with the heat of summer. It was probably as much as a help for me to be doing something for my son and his friends as it was for the Marines. The cooling ties were a big help.