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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

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Previous Stories
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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

I cannot thank The Hugs Project enough for all they do for our Troops! They are right there supporting every request they receive of a need for our Troops. I have submitted several names to them of friends in Iraq to include for my sister and The Hugs Project put them on their care package mailing list and sent them wonderful, wonderful packages! They cannot do enough for our Troops no matter what! It's not a job to them, it's Tender Loving Care for those we love who are in harm's way! I salute The Hugs Project!

Review from Guidestar

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Hugs Project provides such needed supplies to our troops overseas but they provide much more than that. They send a message to our troops that we support them and recognize their sacrifices and efforts. The soldiers leave their loved ones, their homes and sometimes their jobs to fight for what we believe in. They need to know we care. I began supporting this project because my husband's son was killed in Iraq and we wanted the troops to know that people here understand their sacrifice, sometimes with their life.

Review from Guidestar

Maria W.

Donor

Rating: 5

I donate to this program because the money goes where they say it does. I have been there once and witnessed the dedication of the volunteers. Their untiring devotion to our servicemen and women serving in harms way is amazing. Then my son was deployed, they sent him a care package to share with his unit. Upon my son's second deployment the first thing he asked for was some hugs for his men. They provide much needed relief in a serious area of the world. Then when my son's unit was hit with several injuries, they sent another package with some cheer items. These men and women serve our military in a great unselfish act of kindness providing needed relief from the heat and a taste of home which keeps their moral up, which is vital to their survival.

Review from Guidestar

5

Donor

Rating: 5

These are some of the most dedicated people I have ever met. They go full tilt almost all the time to make sure that their mission to support our troops is carried out. Sometime I have wondered if the Starks and their workers ever sleep. Still, when you visit their 'command post' at Crossroads Mall, everyone is so pleasant and helpful and besides the cool tie (HUGS) and goodies they put in those boxes, you can always get the other kind of HUGS too. This is just a great group working hard for a great cause! Jingles

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.