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June 5, 2013

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1 previous review
February 9, 2011

I've worked with this group for almost 7 years. We're all volunteers. No one takes a salary. I was a lonely sailor onboard the USS Independence in 1990. I picked an "Any Servicemember" letter ou... more

June 5, 2013

When I served in the Navy during Desert Shield and Storm, care packages were the best part of ANY day. That hasn't changed.

We are making a difference in the quality of American lives and it feels good. Come join us.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

February 9, 2011

I've worked with this group for almost 7 years. We're all volunteers. No one takes a salary.

I was a lonely sailor onboard the USS Independence in 1990. I picked an "Any Servicemember" letter out of a stack in the morale office so I know the great feeling support from strangers
brings. I want to pass that on.

Our troops let us know that this project affects the way they look at things. One young Marine wrote, "You are rocking our world". Does it get any better?

Well, for me it did...the great feeling I got from my Desert Shield pen pal is one reason I asked her to marry me over 18 years ago. My wife, Karen is the driving force behind The Hugs Project and she's still the love of my life.

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It's great to read the thank you notes our troops send back. Even better when they look us up when they come home to OKC.

Ways to make it better...

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

Make sure Karen gets more rest. She never sleeps!

June 5, 2013

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2 previous reviews - show all
October 28, 2012

The Hugs Project is dedicated to making sure each and every member of our military feels the love and support from back home. If anyone has a loved one serving far from home during the holidays, you... more

June 5, 2013

We love our troops and strive to let them know they are loved and respected. If you have a loved one or friend who is currently deployed "in harm's way", please send their mailing address to: TheHugsProject(at)cox.net

Ways to make it better...

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

Give each volunteer a great big {{{HUG}}}.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

October 28, 2012

The Hugs Project is dedicated to making sure each and every member of our military feels the love and support from back home. If anyone has a loved one serving far from home during the holidays, you can send the address to: TheHugsProject(at)cox.net and they will receive a special care package as a thank you for their service.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 25, 2011
2 people found this review helpful

I've worked with The Hugs Project for 7 1/2 years as a volunteer. We have no paid staff and our work space is donated. All donated funds go to help our troops.

We send care packages and cooling ties to troops. We love and appreciate all our troops and want them to know America has not
forgotten them.

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

visits from troops when they come to OKC. They make sure they come by to say "thanks". Sometimes they even work with us to make sure the support continues for those still in harm's way.

Ways to make it better...

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

make sure everyone knows how important support is to our troops.

October 24, 2012

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1 previous review
March 17, 2010

I've been volunteering with The Hugs Project for about three years. You will never meet a more dedicated group who work tirelessly for our troops. No one takes a salary; our headquarters, electricit... more

October 24, 2012

The Hugs Project is a 100% volunteer organization sending care packages to our beloved troops. No one takes a salary at The Hugs Project, which sends about 100 packages a week and over 5,000 at Christmas. Each box contains "hugs," cooling neckties, which are hand made (over 1 million have been sent so far) and many items which are hard for our troops to get. Our troops deserve the thanks of a grateful nation, and The Hugs Project is trying to show our soldiers just how important they are to our freedom!

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

March 17, 2010

I've been volunteering with The Hugs Project for about three years. You will never meet a more dedicated group who work tirelessly for our troops. No one takes a salary; our headquarters, electricity, and water are donated by Crossroads Mall--almost every dime that is donated to The Hugs Projects goes back into sending care packages or buying materials to make a Hug neck cooler or other supplies. What an awesome organization!

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

Send many more care packages to our troops, teach more people to make Hugs and other items we send the troops, and quit worrying about where our postage money we need for the next month is coming from!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 9, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

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

The Hugs Project brightened the lives of over 6300 soldiers last year with care packages filled with "Hugs" cooling ties, food, candy, socks, personal hygiene items, books, games, powdered drink mixes, coffee, mini-binoculars, solar powered LED flashlights, handknitted neck pillows, etc. When needs arose for foot powder or socks, the troops contacted us for help! We have also been able to supply them with over 120 sewing machines and 2 wheelchairs for them to present to local citizens in their "Hearts and Minds" program which is meant to change opinions of Americans in the hearts and minds of the Middle Eastern citizens.

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I have received several thank you notes from our troops saying how grateful they are for what they have received. It makes their day to know they are thought of, especially by people they do not even know.

Ways to make it better...

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

Raise more money so even more of our troops could receive care packages!

March 22, 2010

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March 22, 2010

I became acquainted with HUGS about 4 years ago. My aunt (89 at the time) and I purchased materials and made the Cool Tie (neck Hugs) for the troops. We found about about The HUGS Project and started working with them. My husband is also involved. We have helped at Christmas time packing the boxes. We spread the word via the internet and through friends and with our church. HUGS is very well run. A very small percentage of the funds raised is spent on anything other than postage or items for the troops. Volunteers meet 3 times a week and go quietly about their tasks of making cool ties and other items. Everyone is so friendly. Kids from the age of 5 and adults to the age of 85 or so meet and work together doing any job that is needed that day. I feel as though I am contributing greatly to help boost the morale of the troops and their families. People give of themselves whether it is time, money, or articles or just saying prayers. It is a great way to volunteer and the founders, Karen and Ray, are so dedicated to the project and to our troops. The enthusiasm is contagious. My granddaughters (13 and 11) want to go to HUGS to work all of the time. I see that they go as often as possible as I believe that they need to know why people are sacrificing for their freedoms.

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

reading the thank you letters from the troops and experiencing the great feeling you get when you volunteer.

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

the way our granddaughters look forward to going to HUGS to work.

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

all so enthusiastic and so willing to gived of their time.

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

do so much to help our troops.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 22, 2010

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March 22, 2010

My wife & I first learned about The Hugs Project in December of 2008 just before Christmas. We decided to see what it was about and started helping out in the "arcade" packing boxes and making chocolate-covered pretzels to send to the troops. We also spent an early morning at Will Rogers Airport seeing off young soldiers who were going home for Christmas from Ft. Sill. We attended a "members meeting" shortly after that and somehow ended up on the board. Through that we have learned more about "Hugs" and have become more involved. I volunteer weekly (unless out of town) and enjoy it immensely. It is "the least" I can do for those young men and women in harms way protecting my family and our country. God bless them all. Also, I have the pleasure of working along side some of the nicest, most giving people you could ever meet. I can lay my head down at night knowing that I have done something worthwhile and realizing that because of our troops I have a place to "lay my head" at night. Most people are busy these days just trying to get through life. If you find yourself with a little extra money in your pocket, then "Hugs" is a good place to put it, or if you have extra time then "Hugs" is a good place to spend it. You won't regret it.

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

knowing that what we do improves the lives of our troops in harms way, even if for a short while, and lets them know that they are supported by most Americans and what they do is admired and appreciated. God bless them.

Ways to make it better...

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

Get more people to volunteer.

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

Knowing that I am making a difference and meeting some really wonderful, selfless people.

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

Great people, willing to do whatever is needed to help with the project.

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

send thousands of more "care packages" overseas and come up with new ways to help our men and women in harms way.

Ways to make it better...

I really can't think of a way to improve my experience...every facet of The Hugs Project is well thought out and time is well spent.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding through the bad economic condition of the country.

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

..if you have extra time and $$$ then "Hugs" can sure use you.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 21, 2010

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March 21, 2010

This is the best group anyone could ever hope for. Our members are dedicated to supporting Americans far from home. We were the first ones to send cooling ties to the troops serving in the Middle East. We call them "hugs" since they go around the neck and we think all our troops deserve a {{{hug}}}. Cooling ties can reduce body core temps by 5+ degrees helping save our troops from heat stroke deaths. I want to thank every member who has ever made a cooling tie, packed a box, written a letter, made a homemade goodie or prayed for these brave young men and women. Without you, there would be no Hugs Project. Respectfully, Karen Stark Founder/Executive Director

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

the wonderful, patriotic people who do what they do simply because they love America's troops and veterans.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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