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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

1 Rick2345

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!

Review from Guidestar

1 Mick W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

1 Edward H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 Karen K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

1 Ruth R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Review from Guidestar

1 Granny F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.