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May 6, 2013

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May 6, 2013

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

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A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

April 9, 2013

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October 28, 2012

The best thing that can happen to a troop is to receive love and support from the American public. The Hugs Project goes above and beyond to send us that kind of love. They let us know they care abo... more

April 9, 2013

Good afternoon!

Hello!

I received your care package this afternoon and wanted to make sure you received my "Thank you!" It was a very welcomed surprise. We don't get very much mail where we are and this made my day. I especially love the 550 paracord bracelet. We hope to get
more of these for the members of my command so don't worry, they definitely let us wear them.

I am currently stationed in Afghanistan. We play board games or read, when we are not on missions. Missions take up most of my time.

Keeping you guys safe at home isn't easy, but I am proud to do it for you. Packages like this from home make me know that you appreciate what we do out here.

Coming from a small town in Maine I really appreciate the support from all of you.

Thank you......everyone.......who helped put this together.

v/r,

Donnie

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

October 28, 2012
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The best thing that can happen to a troop is to receive love and support from the American public. The Hugs Project goes above and beyond to send us that kind of love. They let us know they care about us and that they realize where their freedoms come from. We receive a lot of letters and they were passed around so that they brought a lot of smiles to many, many faces. Thanks, Hugs Project.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 25, 2011
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We got boxes while we were overseas. The care packages and letters of support make a big difference in our morale. It's good to know someone cares.

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

October 28, 2012
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October 28, 2012
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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.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

February 17, 2011
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Review from Guidestar
February 17, 2011
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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

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My 2nd Soldier Son and his platoon received much needed care boxes in Iraq from The Hugs Project when serving in a desolate, dessert outpost that had no running water and were in short supplies. The Hugs Project care boxes and letters greatly improved Troop's morale after arriving in "mail call" during the summer. The Soldiers were ecstatic to see the boxes and share the contents! Some of the Soldiers had never received mail before while deployed, so care boxes were much appreciated!

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

give the Starks the Civilian Medal of Freedom! And make them an important office in the Defense Dept in D. C. in charge of Troop morale and support so it would be mandatory that every U. S. Soldier receives care boxes from The Hugs Project monthly paid for by the govt! Also clone their organization so all military non profits ran with their professionalism and heart!

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

They were a fellow military non profit support group for our Troops in the same town when I was the Chapter President of Blue Star Mothers Chapt. 8, Edmond, OK and we tried to work together with our groups. We met "officially" when the founders, Karen and Ray Stark came over the night they heard my Soldier Son had been killed in Iraq and stayed with me for hours to comfort my broken heart.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

To keep working on Troop Support until our last Soldier comes home from these wars in Iraq and Afghanistan!! Also, is a reminder that non profit military support groups can and should work together and can do so well to aide and support our Troops instead of being territorial in scope as some similar groups truly and unfortunately are!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 16, 2011
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February 16, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

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!

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This soldier smiled on Christmas

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

Nothing

February 10, 2011
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Review from Guidestar
February 10, 2011
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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.

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

Iraq

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

not change a thing.

March 30, 2010

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March 30, 2010

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

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how good they made me feel. It's so awesome to know someone cares!!!!!

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I don't think they could have done anything better.

One thing I'd also say is that...

you guys are fantastic. Thank you so much!!!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 27, 2010

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March 27, 2010

I am currently deployed to Iraq and they have sent my unit packages for every Holiday and even just random care pacakages. Everything they send is useful and really boosts the morale of the unit. It is great to see a group of people that are this supportive of the troops, keep up the good work! Kenny

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Send a care package to every single deployed Soldier

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 26, 2010

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March 26, 2010

Thank you so much for your support of all of us deployed to foreign lands! What you do reminds us of how great a nation we have! God Bless America! - Gordon, Iraq

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

some items that they sent as a gift to soldiers in Iraq.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their ability to reach out and make you feel remembered.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

warm, friendly and caring.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make a lot of people feel good about being away from home.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 25, 2010

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March 25, 2010

We appreciate all the support of the volunteers back home. It is tough to be away from loved ones for such long periods and it means a lot when we are deployed to receive messages and packages. Thanks for all that you are doing. Know that it is a great boost over here and we truley appreciate the effort and support from all of you back home!!

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

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The support we recieve is great! It is not a matter of what is in the package, just getting the package and knowing that great folks back home are volunteering their time to support us makes a huge difference.

Ways to make it better...

There were more locations recieving items.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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