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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

28 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 Donnie W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Hugs Project supported me and my guys through a couple of tours too. You can’t find a better organization. They are aces!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm one of the lucky ones who was supported during all three tours in the Middle East. I can't say enough good things about The Hugs Project. They are rock stars in my eyes!!!

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Military Supporter

Client Served

Rating: 5

Love what The Hugs Project does for those who remain in harm's way. Now, they are also working with clinics that treat PTSD and traumatic brain injury with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. Good stuff!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I loved volunteering today! Everyone was so Nice and Caring! Definitely coming back to volunteer more!

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1 Beth143

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son and his Marine buddies benefitted from the Hugs every tour served in Iraq! Knowing people from home care did wonders for lifting their spirits! Thank you for all you do!

1 JarheadJustin

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Gals in my unit were thrilled anytime we got a box from TheHugsProject. We never knew what to expect inside. They sent lots of great food, letters, fun stuff, toe nail polish ( yes, we had some ladies in our group and it's fun to please the girls), games, DVD's, socks, hair gel, etc.

We were never more excited than when we got a HUGS box. keep up the good work. We're not all home yet.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I just want to say THANK YOU to The Hugs Project for making meknow that someone back home loves me and respects the job I've been called upon to do for my county. They couldn't have a higher rating in my book. Is 5 as high as I can go? I want rate them even higher than that. How about a 100 plus? Can I do that? LCpl Justin Manford USMC currently deployed

Client Served

Rating: 5

AFTER A HARD DAY OF WORK I GET A UNKNOW CARE PACKAGE FROM THIS LOVING GROUP OF AMERICAN HEROS, THE HUGS PROJECT. I DID NOT ASK FOR ANYTHING OR KNOW THEM BUT THEY SENT ME GOOD STUFF I DID NEED AND SOME OF MY FELLOW DEVIL DOGS. THIS LOVING GROUP OF OKIES REALLY KNOWS HOW TO MAKE A GREATFUL NATION PROUD TO SERVE A GIVING GOD TO SOME MANY WITH NOTHING AND HERE I STAND GIVING IT BACK WITH MY FELLOW AMERICANS AND YES THE BAD GUYS. AND THE LOOK ON THEIR FACE, AS IF THEY THINK WE WERE GOING TO DO BAD THINGS TO THEM AFTER WE CATCH THEM. LORD CONTINUE TO BEST OUR COUNTRY AND THIS LOVING GROUP OF AMERICANS THE HUGS PROJECT. AMERICA BLESS GOD! SSGT TED KREY SEMPERFI

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is such a wonderful charity. All one needs to do is ask and they will send a care package. In addition they look for service personnel to send packagers to. When both my daughter and son in law where deployed to Iraq they sent them care packages that were very useful . As my son in law said they really knew what they were doing and what was needed. They make helmet warmers for our service members to put under their helmet that keeps their heads warm. For places that are very hot they send an item- its like a scarf, very lightweight - that gives you a hug that when activated with water cools you down. This is life saving . They have never turned down a requests and wok tirelessly to help out our deployed military women and men. I can not say enough wonderful things about this charity. They deserve to be considered one the top great charities. Even though both my marines Were deployed in 2008, I have sent them request for other military members who are active duty. They always respond.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a Gold Star Mother who's Army Soldier Son was KIA in 2005 in Iraq and Mom of a 2nd Soldier Son, who deployed twice to very dangerous areas in Iraq, I know first-hand how important The Hugs Project is for Troops morale and "family support back home" during the toughest times! The Hugs Project is the epitome of good neighbors, good friends and greatttt Americans by their actions!!! These volunteers are about the hardest working Americans you will ever know! Who always rise to the bar to help our Troops over and over again!

Year after year, The Hugs Project Volunteers selflessly... and tirelessly..must raise donation funds to create, pack and ship thousands of much needed care boxes and cool ties to our Troops serving on the front lines overseas. Their care boxes are life lines from home to our Troops... letting them know some fellow Americans remember them and their daily sacrifices while they courageously serve far from home!! I heard directly from my Sgt. Soldier Son when based in the dessert, in a primitive forward operating base with 130 degree heat, no running water and short supplies receiving care boxes from The Hugs Project totally renewed Soldiers morale and shared goodwill! The Soldiers commented "they don't know what they would have done without those care boxes, as they were reall morale life savers!" A care box and letters can be one of the best ways to let our Soldiers know they aren't forgotten and are appreciated for their service to our nation during a time of war. A box so small that means so much!! For a lifetime of "caring" memories for our Troops! But, The Hugs Project cannot handle this load alone and also need help and support!

Many Americans just assume that care boxes to our Troops are made up and shipped from our military facilities free of charge. That is quite an incorrect assumption as each care box made costs The Hugs Project over $10 dollars a box to be mailed, and the mail carrier is the United States Post Office, not shipping on military cargo planes. And items in the care boxes depend on the donations received or funds sent in to buy the supplies packed. Yearly the costs run into multiple thousands of dollars easily just to continue to send our American Troops a caring box from home filled with love...and hugs!

As community neighbors, The Hugs Project members also kindly and actively support other non profit military support groups in Oklahoma and try to work with them often on Troop projects such as "welcome events at Christmas/ Exodus" at the OKC airport, deployment ceremonies for the Oklahoma 45th Infantry Army and Air National Guard, and numerous statewide and nationwide Troop support events yearly. Also, as a former chapter President of a fellow military non profit support group, The Hugs Project generously helped my organization on several occasions with their time and services and were wonderful partners to work with in helping "get" care boxes sent to our Soldiers. They were much appreciated in their fellow support!

And until the last of our brave Troops are able to return home, The Hugs Project wants to keep remembering our Warriors with hearfelt support and care boxes filled with cool ties and much needed supplies. Please help them with their admirable and continuing goal!
The Hugs Project is a truly outstanding and wonderful organization!!
They are America at it's best!

Jan Martin
Gold Star Mother and former Blue Star Mother
Edmond, OK

Review from Guidestar

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

So there I was sitting in a tent in Afghanistan during Christmas, away from my friends, family, and about anyone who cared when in walked a sergeant with a big box full of goodies. I would have a Christmas presant afterall. Thanks to the Hugs Project everyone in that tent got to have a little something nice this Christmas. Thank you Hugs Project!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The mail package that I received from The Hugs Project (OKC) while I am in Iraq with the military was incredible. The package contained so many different items that it had something for everyone. I shared the package with other military members where I work and they greatly enjoyed the various snacks, hygiene items and reading material.

Beyond the physical usefulness of the items, it was a great morale booster to get a package out of the blue, from people that don't know me.

The Hugs Project (OKC) is really helping out military members who are deployed overseas through their care packages.

Review from Guidestar

12

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I was serving in the Middle East I was at my lowest. My family all died when I was younger so I had no one supporting me. When mail was called, I was the only one in my unit that knew there would be nothing for me; not everyone received things but at least they had that hope. Not me, I knew no one even cared that I was serving my country far from home. But, one day that changed. When my friend came back from picking up mail, he had a huge smile as he laid a box on the foot of my cot. I told him he’d made a mistake but he pointed to my name on the label and said, “Isn’t that you?” I couldn’t believe it but man, I cried like a baby when I realized it wasn’t a dream. Someone knew. Someone cared. It was from the Oklahoma City chapter of The Hugs Project and their letter said that they appreciated me and that they respected me for the job I was doing. Reading that, I cried even harder. You can never know how good I felt and still feel even now. I hope that someday, I can meet some of these good people so that I can throw my arms around their necks and let them know that they made a difference in the life of some lonely soldiers far from home…especially this one. Respectfully, Jessica Stanwick