Hugs Project Incorporated

Rating: 4.98 stars   199 reviews

Issues: Human Services, Veterans, Women

Location: 7000 Crossroads Blvd, Suite 1048 Oklahoma City OK 73149 USA

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”.
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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

My late wife, Marlene, heard about The Hugs Project and quickly immersed herself in creating HUGS neck coolers and other useful articles. She worked by herself in Tulsa, buying all the needed materials in bulk and every month or two, we would jointly pack and ship boxes to our valiant and dedicated troops overseas. Being a Vietnam Vet, I wanted to help and Marlene had incredible talents - so we made a good volunteer group!! We got addresses from Karen and occassionally received warm thank you notes from serviceman. One I got 2 weeks after her untimely death. Shortly thereafter I was able to give all the supplies Marlene had accumulated for future HUGS shipments, also had a garage sale and donated the funds to HUGS. It is an awesome group with tiny overhead and lots of dedicated volunteers.

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

reading heart-warming letters from recipients

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

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

Totally focused, talented, and humble. What a wonderful team

Ways to make it better...

my late wife had not passed away 2 years after starting as an active volunteer.

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

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My husband and I have assisted The Hugs Project for four or five years by supplying needed supplies and when health permits, working at their facility. They touch so many soldiers lives with the work they do and it is staffed entirely by volunteers. We heartily recommend this group as a very worth while organization.

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?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I heard about The Hugs Project accidently and filled out a form for my nephew who was stationed in Iraq at the time. He received a package and was very excited to share it with his fellow squad. The contents of the package was just what he needed at the time;kool aid powders to put in their thermos was a great addition. The beef jerky,cd's flashlight and more goodies to eat. Thank you so very much The Hugs Project.

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

The gift of giving is overwhelming satisfacting. It is heartwarming to read the letters from the troops to thank us.

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

Seeing the volunteers shipping off boxes to the troops (100 people) is so heartwarming. Many came to help,even a state congressman. It was a massive job to pack and tape and label 1400 boxes.

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

The volunteers are a great group of people. They have formed a very close group of concerned citizens. If someone is living alone and lonely, this a terrific place to make friends.

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

not have to scrample to find funds for shipping. Most of the ingredients in the boxes are donated. It is extremely difficult to find the funds for some items that are too expensive to be donated and to ship more and more boxes.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

It has been my privilege to participate in my small way sewing "HUGS" for The Hugs Project. It amazes me that what started as basically a "one woman show" (Karen Stark) now has over 2000 members nationwide and serves troops all over the world.

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

the personal contact I have had with our troops serving in the wars.

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

dedicated women and men who love our troops.

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

give every member of the armed services a big "HUG".

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I had been looking for a way to support the troops since my husband, who had been in Viet Nam, came home. I drove to Tacoma, WA, to keep him from experiencing the jeers and taunts of the crowds at the air field. I googled and found "cool ties" and The Hugs Project came up. I knew that was the way!! I thank the Lord each day for what we can do to keep the troops safe from Heat Stroke and send our love to them in Care packages.

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

The desire we all have to support the troops, spend time and donate to efforts to see to it that they are given all they need and want to know they are heroes to us. The thank you letters we receive show us that we are on the right track.

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

Learning to know some of our troops via email and share their families holidays, their hopes for when they return home, the care they have for each other, that they are genuine people with needs and wants and loves!!

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

the most giving, committed, encouraging people I've ever known. They are always thinking of ways to meet needs that will encourage and give joy to the troops.

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

supply the needs and wants of every troop in the war zone and have enough left over to begin to fill the needs of the native people of the land. What an idea!!!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

 
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