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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 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.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the HUGS project for about 4 years. This fantastic organization has helped me with projects to support our troops and veterans. They have been a font of information regarding rules and regulations for care packages, given lists of needed items etc. They have sent my relatives many different care packages. They are a Godsend to our troops.

5 wildcatfan45

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went to a Marine reunion in OK in 2006 and met Karen and Ray who started this project. I was so impressed with what they were doing, and the fact that it was 100% volunteer that I brought it to Western KY. I found in short order that our troops appreciated this effort a great deal. My son who served in Iraq told me "you know dad, I love the packages you send me, you know me so well you know just what to send. But, when I get a package from Ok, Tx, Fl, NY or some other place from people I don't even know, it means so much. Those are people who don't "have" to support me but they do. And it's special". I also found that there were SO MANY of our troops that were not getting ANYTHING from home. The more involved I got, the bigger our small group got. THANK YOU to this project for allowing us to be a part of a great group of people who's only objective is to show love and support to those who deserve it so much. Our troops give their all for us, the least we can do is show them we care. Thanks to The Hugs Project and it's affiliates all over the world, we are able to do that in a big way. Thanks to the donors and volunteers, it is a success. BUT, in order for it to continue, it takes YOU. Donors and volunteers are needed always. The more donors and volunteers, the more love and support that can be shown. No matter how large or how small, everyone can do something. Donate funds, donate items or donate your time... just do something to show your support.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

i have been a member of the hugs projects for several years..the people are wonderful..we all come together like a family and make things happen for our troops.. I have submitted troops that needed care packages and have never been denied one sent to anyone and great reviews from the recipients. Love this organization and we all love and support our troops and each other.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became familiar with the organization “The HUGS Project” several years ago when I was looking for a way to support our troops. I sew for my “sanity” breaks and discovered I could not only sew for “me time” in the evenings but also help the troops at the same time. I then started recruiting other friends to help me sew and it started evolving in other ways as well. I felt I could still do so much more. I knew Karen and her crew sent care packages to the troops as well as letters of support and to help bring comfort and joy to someone's day. I asked Karen for a name of a soldier to write to about 6 months later and it has been increasing since that day. This past Christmas my family and friends had a care package drive and knit –a-thon. We collected 125 knitted or crocheted washcloths, 75 knitted wool hats, 300 hand made Christmas stockings and the stuff to fill them with, and over 300 handmade Christmas cards with blessing for our troops from a local 5th grade class. We packaged up and shipped off over 400 lbs of oatmeal, hot chocolate mix, snacks, candy and chocolate to the troops. If it wasn’t for The HUGS project we would not have been able to rally this much support and have a place to ship to our troops. I currently send care packages to a chaplain in the remote hills of Afghanistan with a group large of men. These guys have no PX or base and so anything that is sent is greatly appreciated. I am currently sending to my 3rd Chaplain at this same location and my current as well as the 2 previous men who have held this position always are grateful for anything they get. I also send letters and care packages to a wonderful young gal in Afghanistan and a Maj in Iraq. Over the past several years I have support numerous personnel serving in the middle east and as one comes home and get a new name of someone else to ship to. As I do not know of anyone serving in the military but feel I would like to brighten up someone’s day. Karen and the HUGS Project has introduced me to some pretty awesome people who support, sew for and send care packages to our troops. My husband and I are truly blessed that I stumbled across The HUGS Project website and feel we have been able to help in our small way. Anything we can do to help support Karen and The HUGS Project in making our troops feel a little piece of home always makes a great day. Mark & Bev DeLisle South Haven, MI

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

HUGS is a great service for the troops...my son was a Marine killed in Iraq in November of 2005...We as parents had haeard of this serivce organization and they had sent 'love boxes' to him and other guys in his unit...prior to his death...After the shock and semi recovery we have found working with HUGS as a great comfort and source to feel we can help some other brave person. We have given both with our time and money --share the good HUGS has brought to so many