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March 17, 2010

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March 17, 2010

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

reading letters from our troops. Hearing the stories from troops that have returned home.

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

get them more funds so that they wouldn't have money problems when they need to send packages overseas

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

I am allowed to make items at my convenience and hearing about all the troops being happy to hear and receive the items from The Hugs Project.

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

very nice and hard workers.

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

do everything it needs to do to help our troops!

Ways to make it better...

I personally had more time to volunteer.

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

not enough funds!

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

I truly believe they are doing GREAT deeds for our troops.

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

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

the joy of sharing with the USA Troops

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

Meeting others that share my interests

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

Helpful and inspiring

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

Share our donations to a lot more of our troops at home and overseas

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

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

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could keep sending packages all over the Theater of Operations. There is nothing better than knowing that you have people that support you and love you back home. Even if you don't know them personally!

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

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

Ship more care packages to our military, including HUGS and Girl Scout cookies.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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March 17, 2010

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.

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

It helped my son endure the heat in Iraq and gave me a concrete way to help him and his platoon.

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

incredibly dedicated with a stick to it attitude.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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March 17, 2010

I have worked with the hugs project for several years. They are a very hard working group of people who offer an enormous amount of love and support to our troops, their families and to those of us who try to do our part. I feel privileged to be a small part of this group.

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

the camaraderie of the members and the love shown to our troops.

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

Meet the needs of all the troops serving overseas allowing them all to experience the love we try to send them!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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March 17, 2010

We wandered into The Hugs Project one day, to have family pictures taken as a fundraiser for the group. We didn't leave for several hours after, as we got involved in repackaging items for the care packages. Karen and Ray don't believe in wasting space in the boxes, so many things are repackaged in ziploc bags. My 5-year old even got to be involved as a "Bunny basher". His first job was to smash hollow chocolate candies into pieces, so the soldiers could have chocolate, and no empty air was shipped overseas. I've packed boxes, filled and tied hand-crocheted neck pillows (or lumbar pillows), filled the tubes that make Hugs, ironed, etc. Karen and Ray don't let anyone feel like they're a stranger, even going so far as to "adopt" my toddler son and include him in the happenings of the group. On another trip, I turned empty RX bottles into "boo-boo kits" with minor first aid supplies that soldiers could carry easily.

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

My dad-in-law was in Afghanistan for a year, and my son got to make him a "HUGS" package when the project found out about him.

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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...

Everyone is friendly, no one is a stranger, ideas are welcomed, and it's for a GREAT CAUSE

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

All ages (from 5 to 91!!)

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

Ship WAY MORE care packages and not worry so much

Ways to make it better...

There was more money for postage and care package supplies

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

Lack of steady funding, challenges from Postal Service (not wanting to pick up so much from one sender)

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

For-Profit shipping companies could help out!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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March 17, 2010

My husband is retired Navy. We were looking for a way to help support our Military overseas and found this wonderful group. We have enjoyed gathering and making items to send to them. I make ornaments, wash cloths, soap socks. We write note cards to include with each item we send. My husband and I want each soldier to know they are being prayed for daily. It is our way of sending them a HUG. Thank you Karen for allowing us to be part of your charity.

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

I am so proud to be one of so many others who all join together to help send HUGS to our soldiers overseas. I am so blessed to be part of this group.

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 16, 2010

This group has been an invaluable aide in my desire to show my support of our Troops in a tangible way. Rather than me trying to guess what I think they need, the group provides specific guidelines and patterns so that the items I send to the troops is effective for their needs. It also helps me to know that I am not alone in my feelings for these brave soldiers.

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

their kindness and generosity of spirit.

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

None in person, but textly in emails. Very helpful.

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

Serve ALL of our brave Heroes.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 16, 2010

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March 16, 2010

The Hugs Project puts their heart and soul into making care packages for soliders overseas at their own expense. When you do something from the heart, that is what counts. I myself have been involved with The Hugs Project for 3 years now and I consider it an honor to make cool ties and send them off to our troops.

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

receiving a letter from a soldier overseas thanking me for what I sent and showed me the value in my effort.

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Ways to make it better...

I had more money to spend on filling up these care packages.

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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