HUGS PROJECT INCORPORATED

Rating: 4.98 stars   199 reviews

Issues: Human Services, Veterans, Women

Location: 7000 Crossroads Blvd, Suite 1048 Oklahoma City OK 73149 USA

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”.
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

This group of people are amazing in how much they serve our men/women in harm's way. So many men/women have smiled simply because of the love and support they have shared.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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I was so impressed with this organization that I started a chapter here in western Kentucky. The work that is done by the home group is amazing. A LOT of work and dedication is needed to run a group like this when EVERYONE is a volunteer. Not too hard when someone is getting paid to do the work but much different when it's done 100% with love. There have been MANY of our heroes who have told us the stories of how much it meant to them to get the love and support that goes into every box sent. Even after they come home it sometimes makes a difference. Just knowing someone cares is enough to get you thru a bad day over there. I love our heroes and I love The Hugs Project for doing what they do.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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In 2006, when my son joined the Army National Guard, I started looking for an organization for which I could actually do something based around my work schedule. I came across The Hugs Project and the pattern for the "hugs" (cool ties). Since I can sew, I knew this was the organization for me! I could make these on my own time and then simply ship the "hug" to them.That was 6 years ago and I am still doing it, despite being remarried (to a former Navy member) and moving out of state! I love this organization!!!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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I've been volunteering since 2004. HUGS has sent packages to my family & friends serving overseas. They are efficient and so thoughtful about how they spend. Every penny goes to the troops!!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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1 person found this review helpful

I have helped The Hugs Project for 6 years, it is a great organization that helps our troops overseas. I started when my brother was deployed and never left, that one box turned into hundreds of boxes for our troops. I love to read the Thank You notes we get back and how much they appreciate the little things we send. Most of the little things we send, we at home take for granted and don't think about being in the middle of nowhere and not having toothpaste or toothbrush. I love working with the other volunteers! We have a great time and able to support our troops!

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

I would try to get more people involved with volunteering.

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?

2014

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I went to pack a box for my brother 4 years ago and never left. Everyone is a volunteer and we support all branches of the military. We support our troops year round averaging 50 a week and 5000 at Christmas.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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5 people found this review helpful

I have been with The Hugs Project since last year and have packed boxes for the troops during Christmas. My brother recently returned home from Iraq and received packages from The Hugs Project. This is a great organization supporting our troops overseas, I plan to continue to help in any way I can by volunteering each week.

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

My brother has received packages while overseas serving in the military.

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

meeting the people who dedicate their time to helping the troops overseas, knowing we are making a difference in the lives of the soldiers overseas.

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

fantastic and helpful, they take you right in and make you feel like family.

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

make sure all soldiers had support from home and we would have the means to pay postage and get merchandise that they need.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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The Hugs Project mails between 50-100 boxes each week full of lifesaving cooling ties (called Hugs) which can reduce body core temps by 7+ degrees, hygiene supplies, canned food and beef jerky. We've sent out 1.4 million hugs, 200,000 "kisses” (cooling helmet liners) and more than 462 TONS of care package items in the 8 years since The Hugs Project began. At Christmas we send out 5,000 Christmas boxes. In addition to the usual items, each box will contain some homemade goodies. We believe that every American serving in harm's way deserves the thanks of a grateful nation.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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7 people found this review helpful

I found this group when I was looking for an Eagle Scout project. I was so impressed that I continued to volunteer with them.

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

Fantastic!

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

Send care packages to all needy troops.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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The Hugs Project sends approximately 100 care packages weekly to our troops and 5,000 at Christmas. It is all volunteer--no one takes salaries, and the headquarters is donated by Crossroads Mall. They also pay the water and electricity. "Hugs" are the cooling neckties that are sewn for the troops to keep them cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The Hugs Project has sent over 1 million "hugs" to the Middle East. Many other things are sent in the care boxes--things our troops need. It is a great organization!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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2 people found this review helpful

The Hugs Project is amazing and truly cares about our troops. As a volunteer, I know that no one gets a salary; and thanks to Crossroads Mall who donates our space and utlities, more of the donated money can be used for more items for our troops. Nothing is wasted at The Hugs Project! If you can't physically go work at headquarters, there are many things you can do at home. Just visit www.thehugsproject.com to learn what you can do. Our troops deserve the thanks of a grateful nation.

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

helping raise money, soliciting items, and knitting neck pillows--and when we receive thank you notes from our troops, it makes my heart feel good!

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

try to raise more money so that more care packages could be sent to your troops.

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My husband and I have assisted The Hugs Project for four or five years by supplying needed supplies and when health permits, working at their facility. They touch so many soldiers lives with the work they do and it is staffed entirely by volunteers. We heartily recommend this group as a very worth while organization.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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8 people found this review helpful

I heard about The Hugs Project accidently and filled out a form for my nephew who was stationed in Iraq at the time. He received a package and was very excited to share it with his fellow squad. The contents of the package was just what he needed at the time;kool aid powders to put in their thermos was a great addition. The beef jerky,cd's flashlight and more goodies to eat. Thank you so very much The Hugs Project.

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

The gift of giving is overwhelming satisfacting. It is heartwarming to read the letters from the troops to thank us.

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

Seeing the volunteers shipping off boxes to the troops (100 people) is so heartwarming. Many came to help,even a state congressman. It was a massive job to pack and tape and label 1400 boxes.

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

The volunteers are a great group of people. They have formed a very close group of concerned citizens. If someone is living alone and lonely, this a terrific place to make friends.

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

not have to scrample to find funds for shipping. Most of the ingredients in the boxes are donated. It is extremely difficult to find the funds for some items that are too expensive to be donated and to ship more and more boxes.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

The message is clear at HUGS PROJECT - they care. All volunteers give of their time and resources to create and send packages to our military, which are lovingly received by our soldiers. Many thanks for a job well done.

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

Messages received

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

Can't think of anything.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Hugs Project is a wonderful organization. Not only do they continue to keep deployed members of the military in packages, they do it with lots of love, blood sweat and tears. They are helping remind those deployed there really are people back in the States supporting them and loving them.

My son has been the recipient of packages during both his deployments to Iraq. His buddies also received packages. I know when my son deploys again, he will be on their list and receive a ton of wonderful stuff/

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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The Hugs Project is a wonderful organization. My Marine son was deployed to Iraq twice and both times received lots of great stuff from them. It really warms a mother's heart knowing someone cares enough to try to make their son's time away a little more comfortable. This is done not even knowing my son! How great is that?

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

knowing they were willing to send my son packages while he was deployed.

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

knowing how much they care for our deployed.

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

very friendly, helpful and always cheerful.

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

send even more packages to more deployed.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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I have been associated with The Hugs Project since 2004. All are volunteers and all have extremely unlimited huge hearts. Hundreds of thousands of cool ties (hugs) have been made by many of us and many more are made yearly. Our A.F. daughter was deployed twice and they came through with packages to help her fellow troops that did not receive support from home. When a call goes out for a needed item or to help, hundreds respond and are there to help. I've belonged to several military based organizations and The Hugs Project is by far the best. God Bless our troops, and The Hugs Project.

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

Not all were able to send a thank you, but I didn't do this to get a thank you. I did it to support our military and their families. They support us unconditionally, and it's the least i can do. The best thing I received from helping is knowing I may have brought a smile to someones day.

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

They only change they need is more help. They are doing everything correctly.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

If they were able to receive more money to send more packages. I still belileve packages to any military base overseas in a war zone should be sent entirely FREE.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I've been able to "meet' internet people with big hearts.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I felt like there are very many people in the world that truly do care, but they never make the headlines of the newspapers.

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