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June 5, 2013
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June 5, 2013
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HUGS is AWESOME!!!! My youngest son was deployed and I signed him and a few of his buddies up to receive Care Packages. When the packages arrived my son says that everyone gathered around their beds to see what they'd received. They'd grab something out of it and place the rest in the common areas to be shared.
One young man had no family to support him and my son said he actually had tears in his eyes as he opened his first package. The young man said that receiving that package let him know that there were people who cared if he were lonely, lost, and scared. He says that his box contained a letter thanking him for his service, praising him for being man enough to make the sacrifices he was making, and sending him prayers. He allowed everyone to read it then, he folded it up and put it in a safe place. To this day, he carried it around in his wallet. It's faded and warn from him rereading it so often but his hands still shake when he shows it to people.
But, HUGS didn't stop there. They didn't just "adopt" my son and his buddies, they adopted me as well. Without their love and support I would never have made it through my sons deployment. Mary and Karen checked up on me all the time, asked about my son and his buddies, and they listened to a mother's fears for her child. Without them, I would have never made it through the longest 12 months of my life with my sanity intact.
I can't thank HUGS enough for supporting my son, his buddies, and myself during that deployment. Your support made the sacrifices those young men and women made easier and less lonely, and helped ease my fears. Please keep up the good work!!! What you do touches the lives and hearts of many. THANK YOU!!!! And God Bless you all.

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

June 5, 2013
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November 5, 2012

I was so impressed with this organization that I started a chapter here in western Kentucky. The work that is done by the home group is amazing. A LOT of work and dedication is needed to run a group l... more

June 5, 2013
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This group of people are amazing in how much they serve our men/women in harm's way. So many men/women have smiled simply because of the love and support they have shared.

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Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

November 5, 2012
2 people found this review helpful

I was so impressed with this organization that I started a chapter here in western Kentucky. The work that is done by the home group is amazing. A LOT of work and dedication is needed to run a group like this when EVERYONE is a volunteer. Not too hard when someone is getting paid to do the work but much different when it's done 100% with love. There have been MANY of our heroes who have told us the stories of how much it meant to them to get the love and support that goes into every box sent. Even after they come home it sometimes makes a difference. Just knowing someone cares is enough to get you thru a bad day over there. I love our heroes and I love The Hugs Project for doing what they do.

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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?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 30, 2011
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October 30, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

It is with great pleasure that write this here. A little background first. In my own experience, I have been in both Iraq and Afghanistan (twice each), and while in Afghanistan I had the privilege to be involved in not one but two missions with my own son. I have had two nephews who have served in Iraq as well. What I am getting at is this, I know what our "kids" are going through, been there done that with them. And back in April I had the opportunity to meet and get to know some great members of this group, Karen and Ray, and to find out first hand the great job they and all the HUGS members do, all without pay, to help our troops in harms way. And most times paying for the items they make with their own funds. They do not just care, they really care, very deeply. If you have been seeking a group to join or donate to, my money is on the Hugs Project.

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my dealings with them and the many conversations I have had.

Ways to make it better...

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

Find ways to help fund them more. To make sure they had all they need to continue.

October 30, 2011

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October 30, 2011

So nice to know that when your son is far from home someone wants to send him a hug.

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

Received some of these hugs to include in my packages to the troops.

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

not a thing,

February 17, 2011
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February 17, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

My nephew deployed for his third tour. The first two years, I was able to send him packages. This time I could not. Thankfully, I met someone who is actively involved in HUGS. I gave her the APO address, and packages have been going to Jason and his troops ever since. I am so thankful. THEY are even more thankful. This organization is a true blessing.

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the emails from my nephew. Morale is critical to the health and safety of our troops. He cannot praise this group enough for the change in his soldiers when the packages arrive. I know one volunteer personally. I see her sitting in sunday school working on projects for our troops. Even with her mom in surgery, the waiting room included her supplies. Her example is awesome!

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

get the word out to even more people.

February 12, 2011
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February 12, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

Our daughter is in Afghanistan and their Unit has been put in a camp with the Nato soldiers away from the other Americans. She and the other members of the Unit have received boxes of goods from your organization. The receipt was completely unexpected, a wonderful suprise and spirit lifting for them all. The smallest package or card received by a soldier helps them make it though the day and lets them know they are not forgotten. Please keep up the good deed. Our soldiers look forward to it and depend on it.

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receipt of goods to soldiers

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none

February 9, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 9, 2011

I met Karen at the Miami Airport in Dec. and was blown away at her dedication and support she gives to our troops!!!This project (and Karen) are a blessing to the troops and to all of us who are being helped by our troops putting their lives on the line for our Freedom!!! God Bless Karen and the Hugs Project!!!!

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Not yet, but would love to

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

find a way to get the word out to more people

February 9, 2011
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Review from Guidestar
February 9, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

I have Volunteered a few hours here & there to help the HUGS Project, but its been awhile since I've been able to make time to assist these awesome people who pour their lives into providing real essentials wih a healthy dose of home (the great USA) and love into boxes shipped across the miles to our men and women serving and sacrificing their very lives for our freedom. That's why I've marked my role as a general member of the public; I don't feel like I deserve to be in the same category as those who volunteer on a regular basis week after week, day after day to provide this remarkable service that they provide.

It's an honor for me to say that I've even been a part of this great organization & to have known Ray & Karen Stark. They definitely deserve this $5000 award and will put it to good use paying for shipping these donations to the wonderful men and women of our US armed services.

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

I get their newsletter each week and I read the letters that the recipients of these care packages write. They are so grateful for what's been provided in those packages. Many times they're in an area where they have nothing but a days rations! The military is only required to provide the bare essentials & many of these folks don't have families who send them things. I read one just today that talked about their water tasting like dirt & how their care pkg had drink flavor packets. They were so grateful!

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

I wouldn't do a thing! Its perfect just the way it is.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

an article written about them in newsletter I received spotlighting different volunteer organizations.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 9, 2011
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Review from Guidestar
February 9, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

With so many of our armed forces in harms way, it is so good to know that with the HUGS project, they are not forgotten. HUGS truly cares about our military and their need to be taken care of by the rest of us.

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

reading the emails sent from a few of the troops.

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

I don't know of any changes that need to be made.

February 9, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 9, 2011

I visited the website to submit my sons name for a care package and I also visited the location in Crossroads Mall. I found a multitude of items being boxed for shipment. I was in awe of the community outpouring for this project. When it's that one soldier or airman, sailor or marine who doesn't have much family and no one really writes, receives a package. What a big surprise, someone cares, someone knows I am here and appreciates what I am doing for "Our Country". It's not what is in the package so much as the "HUG" it gives that service member.
Thank You HUGS Project INC.

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Oklahoma City, OK

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

Publicize more to recruit help and support.

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