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October 25, 2011
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October 25, 2011
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I have worked with the Hugs project for about 7an half years I have done sewing and helped where ever needed All people who work there donate their time and materials. I enjoydonating my time to this worth while project giving care packages to our soldiers in harms way sending a little home to them. It makes me proud when we get a letter from a soldiers thanking us for the item we send .
Huggs, sox , drink mixes. home made cookies
When my nephew was over seas he told me when receiving the huggs box was a bright momentof that day and he had lots of help to open his box

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When my nehpew received his box he was so excided the items sent were needed

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

nothing it is ran great good orgnization and lots of volunteers Always room for 1 more

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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?

2011

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

nothing

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

yes it made me realize just doing something for the soldiers makes their day a little easier

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

made me feel good about my self and my time is well spent

October 25, 2011
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October 25, 2011
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Some bands that I play in had the chance to perform at a HUGS. We practiced several weeks getting ready and had a really good time working with the volunteers and learning more about HUGS. The letters from the troops were very moving and rewarding.
As a civilian, I'm really glad to know there
are organizations like HUGS that give comfort to our troops who are fighting for our country while we go about life as normal.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

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

A little

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

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Good. Glad that troops that may not have any family my at least find someone though HUGS to be a friend to them.

June 5, 2013

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2 previous reviews - show all
October 28, 2012

The Hugs Project is dedicated to making sure each and every member of our military feels the love and support from back home. If anyone has a loved one serving far from home during the holidays, you... more

June 5, 2013

We love our troops and strive to let them know they are loved and respected. If you have a loved one or friend who is currently deployed "in harm's way", please send their mailing address to: TheHugsProject(at)cox.net

Ways to make it better...

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

Give each volunteer a great big {{{HUG}}}.

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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?

2013

October 28, 2012

The Hugs Project is dedicated to making sure each and every member of our military feels the love and support from back home. If anyone has a loved one serving far from home during the holidays, you can send the address to: TheHugsProject(at)cox.net and they will receive a special care package as a thank you for their service.

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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?

2012

October 25, 2011
2 people found this review helpful

I've worked with The Hugs Project for 7 1/2 years as a volunteer. We have no paid staff and our work space is donated. All donated funds go to help our troops.

We send care packages and cooling ties to troops. We love and appreciate all our troops and want them to know America has not
forgotten them.

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

visits from troops when they come to OKC. They make sure they come by to say "thanks". Sometimes they even work with us to make sure the support continues for those still in harm's way.

Ways to make it better...

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

make sure everyone knows how important support is to our troops.

February 22, 2011
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Review from Guidestar
February 22, 2011
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Karen Stark and everyone at the Hugs Project is selflessly committed to the mission of extending a heartfelt thank you to every soldier serving in today's military, especially those in harm's way. I have spent enough time volunteering and helping pack boxes, write letters, make cool ties, and am constantly amazed at this organization's tireless effort. I have never been so personally motivated and inspired as I have by the Hugs Project and the hearts behind it. I have seen the good it does first hand and have had the joy and honor of realizing the huge emotional impact that one care package and one note means to each and every troop that recieves them. I have come to value more deeply the importance of the human spirit and how it can be changed through The Hugs Project.
I attended a small carnival outside OKC with the Hugs Project where we set up a small booth trying to gain funds to help our soldiers, and to reach out and inspire others to be greatful for their sacrifices. It poured rain and was cold, but we did not pack up, instead Karen and I huddled in the back of her van, continuing to make things we could send to the troops. When the rain cleared a man stopped by and gave us all a heartfelt thank you and told us of how he was deeply discouraged after returning to the states from his time of service and to see minimal gratitude from other citizens and it motivated him to see what we were doing and he had actually recieved our packages overseas and said that they had boosted the morale of his fellow men in arms. I broke down and cried, and hugged this perfect stranger. There is no deeper connection to humanity than that which I have experienced with the Hugs Project. This organization and It's mission deserve all the recognition they can be given. Thank you Hugs!!

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

in My heart and soul. I have seen results in the thank you letters, pictures, and emails we recieved from troops. In the grateful families that came in to visit, and from the soldier's who returned home and sought us out in crossroads mall to say than you. Genuine, selfless, and real, I have witnessed the good in the results of this organization, and am proud to campaign for them and their cause

Ways to make it better...

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

Provide them with more hours in the day, more volunteers to help, bigger space to pack boxes. They would never run out of necessities that soldiers need and request. I would give them more time in the public eye because America deserves to see what they do! This all takes money. I would only change this organization by making it easier for them to provide for the troops. I would win the lotto and give it to them

February 15, 2011
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February 15, 2011
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Some of our scout troop helped HUGS in OKC a couple of years ago for service time. I have 3 sons who are scouts and they enjoyed working to help our troops try to enjoy a few of the comforts of home. From what I have read in email attachments to HUGS, our efforts were much appreciated. I hope that our troop will volunteer again for this much worthy cause.

M Welch

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

Reading emails from our US Soldiers thanking HUGS for their sincere work in making their lives easier.

Ways to make it better...

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

N/A

February 14, 2011
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February 14, 2011
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II am a retired Vietnam Veteran. When I was serving in Southeast Asia there was not any origination doing what the Hugs Project is doing. It would have been great to receive packages from people that you did not know and know that they really did care about what we were doing and how we were.
When we retuned from Southeast Asia we were spit on, called names and look at as the sum of the earth.
The Men and Women that serve this country today deserve better and this a group of great people that are showing them that there is people who do care about what they are doing and how they are living. They do a great job of getting needed supplies to the Men and Women of our arm forces.
Karen and all of her volunteers are to be commended for all the hard work and long hours that they put in.
I would have loved to have received a package and support that they give everyone.
I have been a volunteer for a short time but due to work requirements I can not spend as much time helping all that I want.

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

In the short time that I have helped I have received a lot of satisfaction in knowing that I have helped some of out troops.

Ways to make it better...

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

Not change a thing. Karen has things going good and knows how to get things done and to get the help that she needs. We just need more Money to get the packages to the troops.

February 14, 2011
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Review from Guidestar
February 14, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

I love The Hugs Project because the packages sent to our troops touch them on a personal level. Every care package is packed with – well, much care. We often think about the troops and wish we could let them know how much we appreciate their sacrifice. The Hugs Projects sends encouragement from “home” to our troops and, of course, the true vision of the “hug” is brilliant – a cooling tie that will help lower the body’s temperature when in the heat. A real source of comfort physically as well as emotionally. We receive an e-mail each week with “thank you’s” from the troops and it’s heartwarming to read how they felt when the received their package, often sharing it with everyone they can. I wish we could send every service man and woman a package from The Hugs Project…they deserve it! They deserve our best for defending our country and our home.

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

volunteering at The Hugs Project to make cooling ties for the troops and knitted caps that they can give to the children.

Ways to make it better...

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

help them organize a sustainable fundraiser.

February 11, 2011
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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

Not only does this organization help and support troops in need of simple yet scarce supplies, but they also provide a fun and social environment for those with little to do or those who just need a reason to get out of the house. These people are literally some of the nicest people anyone could ever meet. If you need some community service hours, they're there to help. If you wanna get out of the Lazy-Boy and do somethin productive, they're there to provide. If you want to help out the troops over seas fighting for our freedom, whether they are a relative, a loved one, or just a friend, the Hugs project is the place to be. I personally love every moment I'm there, packing care packages, ironing hugs, or even bagging up chocolate. There's many jobs available, creative jobs for the kids and even simple jobs like sowing and ironing for those who need to sit and still be productive.

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

I've witnessed the impact the original founders, Karen and Ray Stark, have made on those with loved ones over seas and even veterans that stop by. The stories held within Karen Stark are strong enough to pull a tear from even the manliest soldier.

Ways to make it better...

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

Invite more and more people because we can never have too much help.

February 11, 2011
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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

The Hugs Project is an awesome group of really friendly, wonderful people - all working together for a common goal - to let our fine young people serving in Afghanistan and Iraq know how much we support and appreciate all that they do - (the fact that we have so much fun and laughter why doing so shouldn't count, but it does!) It is amazing to me to watch, when I volunteer each week, everyone pitch in, figure out as an all volunteer what/how needs doing and "get 'er done." Awesome!

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

by reading the thank you letters and emails that come from the men and women serving over there. They are so grateful for the smallest of things - wish we could "Hug" them all.

Ways to make it better...

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

find a way to attract a volunteer who was proficient in fund raising. We are 100% volunteer - even our founder/leader takes no salary and local businesses are very generous with food stuffs but we are in constant need of funds to pay for the shipping of the packages. (before volunteering, I thought packages to war zones were shipped free - boy was I wrong!)

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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?

Okay

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

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

more chocolate :)

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

have made so many new friends - I tend to be a "loner" so this was a big step.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

good - really, really good.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 11, 2011
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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

My Father was career Navy, having served in the "Silent Service" in WWII, Korea, Vietnam. He was a Naval Recruiter during the Vietnam war. I saw first hand how poorly many treat those who serve to keep us free and vowed to do all in my power when I had a chance to make sure those who serve now know how important they are and how much we support them. When I volunteer every week I see men and women of all ages and all back grounds working together to do just that and am so thankful to be given the opportunity to volunteer at Hugs. The best days at Hugs are when any of my Grandchildren are able to go with me - they learn first hand about the sacrifices our military makes.

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

Reading the thank you letters from our troops serving in Afghanistan and Iraq describing how thankful they are for the smallest of things we put in the packages and how proud they are to be able to serve America brings not only fresh tears each week but also fresh determination to do all possible to make sure we are able to send out even more packages to them.

Ways to make it better...

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

find a way to get more funding so we can send more packages. The Post Office charges US 12.95 per package - we send 1,000s of packages so are constantly trying to find enough money to send all the packages that are so desperately needed by our troops.

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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?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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