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February 10, 2011
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February 10, 2011
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I love working with the Hugs Project because it provides me with a great way to give simething back to the men and women serving in harm's way to provide me with the freedoms I enjoy every day. I can use my everyday skills to create things useful to others. The care packages we put together contain common supplies we take for granted here in the US, but which may be impossible to get where our service men and women are posted on foreign soil. When was the last time you had to go without basic hygiene supplies like toothpaste, shampoo, or soap? I know I would be lost without them. I can't imagine living in a tent (or less) and not having access to the simplest things. The Hugs Project is filling a big void and the volunteers who serve are wonderful supporters of our troops. I highly recommend this organization to anyone who wants to help our sons and daughters survive their service abroad.

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the many letters from troops who have received our care packages. I do not have a son or daughter currently serving, but I have had a son in the Navy and I know how much he enjoyed receiving a care package from the states.

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

make the facility open and available six days a week instead of three.

February 10, 2011
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February 10, 2011
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MY HUSBAND I HAVE WORKED AT OR SUPPORTED THE HUGS PROJECT FOR SEVERAL YEARS AND ARE ALWAYS AMAZED AT THE DEVOTION AND CARING OF ALL VOLUNTEERS. THEY PUT A LOT OF THOUGHT INTO WHAT GOES INTO THE BOXES AND THE LETTERS COMING FROM THE TROOPS EXPRESS THEIR GREAT APPRECIATION. ALL THIS ENCOURAGES US TO GIVE AS MUCH AS WE CAN AFFORD BECAUSE IT IS SO GREATLY NEEDED AND APPRECIATED.

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I HAVE EXPERIENCED THE RESULTS OF THIS ORGANIZATION BY READING THE LETTERS OF GRATITUDE FROM SOLDIERS AND WORKING AT THE OFFICE

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I WOULD MAKE NO CHANGES.

February 10, 2011
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February 10, 2011
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This is a wonderful organization that is nothing else is filled with heart. n
their is not one voluteer or doner that does not put more then 100 percent in everything they do to support our men and women in harms way.

I get so much enjoyment working with this special group of men and
women who show everyday how much doing for others mean to them. Being a part of this organzation has also made me a better person and so much fullfillment in helping this group give to our service personal.

This is an important organization in what it does. they give our service men and women reinforcement in that this country truely supports our men and women in the job that they were called to do to protect us so we are allowed to do the things we do in our daily lives . In this case i am allowed to volunteer to give back to them . May they be kept safe.

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We have sevrale service men and women walk in and tell us how much the care packages mean to them and how they help get them thru their deployment.

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No I would not change a thing. Everyone is welcome to come and visit, and no one is turned away.

February 10, 2011
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February 10, 2011
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I work at the FAA and received an email that volunteers were needed for the HUGS Project to pack boxes for the troops. My husband and I wanted to show support for the troops who give their all for their Country. We were happy to be a part of the team that sent 4,000 boxes to the troops this Christmas 2010. We are proud of the men and women who fight for our freedom. We will continue to support the HUGS project for as long as we have troops supporting us!

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I've personally read the responses and viewed the pictures from the troops who recieved the packages from the HUGS Project. It warms my heart that there are volunteers who give their time and efforts to make sure that our troops know that we support them.

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I would hope that they could somehow get more support for their cause. I hope that they can get involved with United Way. I hope that more people would learn about the HUGS Project and support our troops.

February 10, 2011
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February 10, 2011
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I began volunteering for Hugs when my son expressed interest in joining the Air Force while in college. Later, when he was sent to Iraq, we sent several care packages to him. He was always so encouraged to get the boxes and shared them with as many people as he could. Last fall he was transferred to a different base and as he unpacked, he found the special things he had saved from his "Hug boxes." He said it was as if he was receiving those boxes all over again. I am proud to be a part of an organization that makes our military feel appreciated.

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My son benefited from the packages while deployed in Iraq. This is a great morale building service to our deployed service men and women.

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I would get more volunteers and funds to carry on and expand the work.

February 9, 2011

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February 9, 2011

I am 71 & my husband is 73 & we have been volunteers since the year it was organized. We can think of no better group to work for than The Hugs Project which focuses on helping our troops in harm's way. Will always remember young lady who wrote that she never got any mail. Had no family. Got a package from Hugs & she cried because someone cared enough to send her a box & a letter of appreciation for her service to the USA. No volunteer is turned away. We need cutters, sewers, ironers, packers, letter writers. Small children draw pictures for the troops & the troops love it. One Sunday school class wrote letters of appreciation & the troops loved that & replied to the kids.

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Letters we receive from the troops thanking us encourage us so much & even more so when returning troops come to Hugs to say "Thank you." Often after the thanks & tour of our work area they stay to help us get more boxes ready for the troops. Fact that Hugs sends pkgs. weekly and 4,000 pkgs. (postage over $40,000) at Christmas time.

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

Try to find more ways to obtain funds. The group applies for grants, donations, etc. Karen & Ray Stark (founders) & other dedicated people spend so many hours working on projects and fund raisers. The Hugs groups in Oklahoma City meet on Wednesdays, Thursdays, & Saturdays so sometimes group leaders are not aware of changes that took place earlier in the week, but that is just an occasional occurence.

February 9, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 9, 2011

I've seen the thousands of boxes that The Hugs Project sends to troops at Christmas time. They also send 40-50 boxes each week throughout the year. The feedback from the troops indicates that they cannot believe the variety of things that can be packed into one box. They receive handmade portable games, toiletries, letters, flash drives, chocolate (even in the summer) and much more. One of the most appreciated gifts seems to be socks.

Cooling ties were the first things that were sent. They can cool a body's core temperature by several degrees and have been known to save the lives of soldiers suffering from heat stroke. Of course, thousands of these are still sent out every year.

The troops are very appreciative that people at home are working so hard to support them. They usually share with others in their unit so one package goes a long way in letting our troops know someone cares.

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

My son has been the recipient of care packages from The Hugs Project.

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

find more people to help them help our troops.

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February 9, 2011

I helped with HUGS a couple years back when they were sending school supplies overseas. I work a lot so I do not get to come help much but respect the work they do. They helped my brother when he was overseas (both deployments).

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my brother recieving packages

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

put my wife on the board.

February 9, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 9, 2011

While doing a class project based on a non-profit organization, I met Karen with The Hugs Project. The Hugs Project is a great organization for our troops. Karen and her volunteers are able to offer our guys and gals over in the Middle East a little bit of home, something that our troops desparately need. Please help Karen and Hugs be able to send a little more home to our troops who cannot be here.

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Karen helped me realize how lucky we are to have the simple things in life. A shower, soap, clean water. These things we take for granted everyday and our soldiers crave. I was able to help someone who is helping us, our country.

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The only thing this organization needs is the funds to be able to market their project. The more people who know, the more people will help. Karen is doing a wonderful thing.

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Review from Guidestar
February 9, 2011

My husband and I started working with HUGS about 4 years ago. He became their primary HUGS material cutter. Having a system all of his own, I just assisted. Over the years, we think he cut over 100,000 of the 5" x 45" strips for the HUGS. He served in the Navy Reserves during the 1960's and was so pleased that he could help the troops now.
Sadly, he died in June of 2010. So many of the HUGS volunteers were at his service and sent cards and flowers. I am reminded constantly of his untiring work. I hope to "pick up the scissors" soon and begin cutting more material for HUGS. In November, family members and friends gathered to help pack boxes in Bob's memory. I'm sure he was smiling down on us.

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

viewing the thank you letters from the troops.

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

want to make it more widely known to the public.

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