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February 11, 2011
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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011
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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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February 11, 2011
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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

February 10, 2011
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Review from Guidestar
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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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

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.

Ways to make it better...

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

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

Ways to make it better...

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

I WOULD MAKE NO CHANGES.

February 10, 2011
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Review from Guidestar
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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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

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.

Ways to make it better...

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

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 experienced the results of this organization in...

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.

Ways to make it better...

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

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

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

Ways to make it better...

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

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

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.

Ways to make it better...

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.

The Great!

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

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

Ways to make it better...

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

my brother recieving packages

Ways to make it better...

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

put my wife on the board.

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