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March 16, 2010

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March 16, 2010

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.

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

their mission to support the troops. They sent packages to my nephew at a FOB.

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

Working via the internet and in person with folks all across the country.

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

WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

Support every service man and women in the Armed Forces.

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

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.

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

sending packages, making Hugs, Kisses and Smellies.

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

the love and appreciation we received from the troops we've supported. Knowing that we are making a difference in the lives of our troops for the better.

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

the most caring and helpful people I've ever known. If your willing to show love and support, they are willing to do what ever they can to help and guide you. We could not have grown as we have without the guidance and support shown by these great people

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

Send a great number of our troops even more love and support.

Ways to make it better...

We had more volunteers to work on a regular basis.

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

Donations and volunteers. People are becoming complacent about our troops who are giving their lives for us.

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

From the emails, letters, cards and thank-yous we've received from the troops, their lives would be worse off without this group. I've been told numerous times that THIS GROUP,, has given them the morale boost it takes to do their jobs

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 16, 2010

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March 16, 2010

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

troop support

Ways to make it better...

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

donate new sewing machines

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

the hearts of the owners of the group and the members

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

wonderful, personable and caring

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

support many many more troops

Ways to make it better...

i had more finances to send more packages

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

not having money to send all the packages requested and that our troops deserve

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

this organization does its best to fulfill all the needs of our service men and women

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 11, 2010

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March 11, 2010

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

Make sure each and every service personnel receives a care package, letter or cooling tie to make them KNOW that the US does care about their freedom and what they are doing everyday in not always the best conditions DOES Means the world to us.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 10, 2010

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March 10, 2010

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

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

makes you feel good when you can help the troops - serving our country

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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...

feedback from the troops

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

very committed to the troops and great Americans

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

serve more of America's finest that are protecting our freedoms

Ways to make it better...

more room and more money and more helpers

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

spreading the word about their purpose and needs

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 10, 2010

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March 10, 2010

I have worked with the Hugs Chapter in Lilburn, Ga for several years now, and it's such a rewarding feeling to be able to do something for our Troops overseas in return for all they do for us. I look forward to the times that I can work with our group in making the hug ties, preparing packages or even gathering items for mailings. It's amazing how much something so 'trivial' to us, such as a Q-Tip can mean so much to someone in the 'fields'. It's the least I can do! I would like to thank the Oklahoma group for even starting the Hugs Project. It's touched so many lives. As a parent of a son who will be starting his military career in a couple of years, I'm relieved to know that there's a group like this that will help take care of some of his needs. Thanks Hugs Project - for all you do and for letting me help you do it!!!

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

seeing the pictures and letters from the receivers of the packages and had the self fulfillment of knowing I CAN do something to help those so far away.

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

send a whole lot more packages out!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 10, 2010

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March 10, 2010

The only thing better than receiving a letter from home is receiving a package from home. The unfortunate reality is that many of our service members are forgotten or don't have a close circle of friends or family who regularly support them, especially while deployed. And even those troops who have support need to see and feel the gratitude of a grateful nation. The HUGS Project makes sure that our troops are not forgotten, that they understand they serve a nation that deeply appreciates their sacrifices. The packages sent by The HUGS Project to our deployed service members are done so well. The boxes are heartfelt and made with so much love and consideration. Not only are the boxes from the heart, but so many of the contents are useful in the field. From letters of thanks from grateful school children to foot powder and their famous COOL TIES, these packages make a difference to the individual troop and the morale of the unit he or she is serving. My personal experience with HUGS has been ongoing for nearly four months now. This past Christmas I served alongside hundreds of dedicated volunteers as nearly 4,000 troops received a HUG from home! It was an amazing experience I look forward to being a part of as long as our military is protecting our freedoms. What's more is that nearly every penny of every dollar in donations goes directly to the contents of the packages or to postage getting the boxes there. I highly commend the leadership of The HUGS Project for their tireless service and dedication to our miliary. From a former active duty Marine, I extend my highest commendation to the organization and the many incredible people that make up the volunteer force. You have a reputation for being faithful. So I salute you with a full-voiced "Semper Fi." Thank you for all that you do to support our troops around the world. Steven Anderson

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

witnessing the thousands of packages sent to our troops each year by hundreds of selfless volunteers and leaders.

Ways to make it better...

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

update the website to reflect the quality of the mission and the people accomplishing it.

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

the genuine love and appreciation they have for our military and our nation. It inspires me to be a part of the volunteer force.

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

passionate, friendly, focused, dedicated, persistent, tireless, driven, kind, considerate, encouraging and loving.

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

make sure every troop serving in harm's way is recognized on a regular basis by a grateful nation.

Ways to make it better...

I had been involved a bit longer and known more of the volunteers.

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

technological, logistical and financial. It seems there is always more need than ability to meet the needs.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 10, 2010

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March 10, 2010

HUGS Makes a difference for Troops and Volunteers I appreciate the impact that the HUGS Project has had on the families in our Girl Scout Troop. The HUGS Project is truly serving more than just the soldiers overseas- it is serving the volunteers and giving them a chance to have an impact on the world.

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

Hearing the stories of soldiers we were helping as told by the staff while we were working. The stories helped us understand the significance of every single thing we were making and packing in the boxes.

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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