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Homefront Hugs Foundation, Inc.

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Causes: Civil Rights, Disabilities, Disabled Persons Rights, Disaster Aid, Mental Health, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Charity & Voluntarism Promotion

Mission: Our missions unite us, remembering our shared humanity, and in thanks for our freedoms. give back to our communities worldwide. Our missions include pandemic relief to isolated troops and veterans, and support of our frontline heroes, suicide prevention and building resiliency in families, and our military community, homelessness support, crisis intervention and advocacy for our wounded veterans and military families, and fostering stewardship in all ages and abilities. Diversity and inclusion are reflected in all our programs, so everyone feels needed and valued. During this pandemic, we share facts on public health and how to increase our immunity and resilience during this traumatic time for so many, and where our brave troops are assisting on the front lines worldwide. We are all in this together. Freedom Endures.

Target demographics: all our frontline heroes which include our troops, vets and brave military families worldwide during this pandemic and our communities hurting from this pandemic and natural disasters..

Direct beneficiaries per year: 740 wounded, isolated and seriously ill veterans, 675 individual deployed troops, 6 community agencies with disabled veterans, 45 military families, 85 medical staff heroes, 475 new volunteers ages 4- 89 choosing ways with us to give back and obtain credit for jobs and school, and 6 Gold Star military families.

Geographic areas served: the front lines of the pandemic serving those hurting most, our isolated and homeless veterans, our troops deployed worldwide, correcting misinformation so public health and safety stay a priority alongside countless service members. We support military families and their struggles and sacrifices. Our mission Operation Healing Angel supports our wounded and sick veterans in hospitals and home, as well as their hero medical staff and caregivers. Our missions involve advocacy for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and PTSD and wounds from war, helping with crisis intervention and suicide prevention.

Programs: Stewardship opportunities for all ages and abilities to give back even from home, Operation Healing Angel for our wounded and sick veterans and hero medical staff, homelessness support, pandemic support, workshops on resilience, PTSD and suicide prevention to help both caregivers, civilian and military community, Homefront Hugs Student Volunteer Clubs, and the Healing Canine Initiative with therapy and service dogs to help strengthen resilience and prevent suicides in our veterans.

Community Stories

93 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My dad is 94 and a veteran. Homefront Hugs sent him a care package on his birthday and he could not have been more surprised and grateful to be remembered, and know that people care about his service!. It meant so much to him! I have been following HFH this last year on twitter and am so impressed with their focus on diversity, inclusion, suicide prevention and especially the sharing of facts regarding this pandemic. Thank you HFH!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There are very few organizations that provide the reach and care that this organization does... all with a very limited staff. Homefront Hugs puts the soldier, sailor, and airman first. Always. No matter whether the individual is active duty, retired, or deployed to remote locations, they are always there to provide assistance and support where it is needed most.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is such a great organization. Especially during this difficult time, Homefront Hugs has helped and supported countless families and soldiers. Ms. Kellermann has dedicated her entire life to this important cause and works tirelessly every day. We need more people like her, and we need to support all that she does to keep this organization going.

1 Dina K.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I am proud to support Homefront Hugs. This is a great organization that gives to those that work tirelessly to protect our freedoms. I have three members of my family that have served in the military and understand the importance of support from the homeland. So often it is the little things that mean so much. Homefront Hugs is there to help. If you are interested in supporting a program that makes a difference, I highly encourage you to donate to this worthwhile cause. Alessandra does an amazing job coordinating the efforts and living up to the mission of the organization. I am proud to be a supporter of this foundation. Won't you join me in supporting them as well?

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Homefront Hugs is a wonderful organization that not only benefits veterans and service members, but provides an opportunity for everyday citizens to give back. I appreciate the opportunity to send a little happiness and encouragement to the service member to whom I have been matched. Though volunteers shouldn’t expect to hear from their service member, sometimes you do! It has been so nice to connect and support the military personnel with little packages, letters and emails. Hearing how much it is appreciated makes me want to do even more. Participating does not require a lot of time or money. In fact you could easily ask friends or neighbors to contribute money, snacks, gift cards or magazines to fill the packages. A little kindness goes a long way!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This wonderful organization was founded by a woman who wakes up every day determined to make the world a better place for those hardworking men and women who serve and protect our country. Having lived overseas myself, I know how much it means to have a taste of home while surrounded by a foreign culture. To receive a package from the USA with treats such as familiar food, care products and magazines can lift spirits and give a big morale boost. Alessandra works tirelessly to ensure that no one of our deployed military is left out from receiving a big ole homefront hug.

1 Marilyn Page C.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been so impressed with Homefront Hugs. They are exceptional with the support to Our Military and Veterans. Be it with supplies, stamps and whatever they need. They work tirelessly to help our Veterans in fighting suicide and mental illness. I am a proud donor and I'm proud to support this amazing group.
Marilyn

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Donor

Rating: 5

Homefront Hugs is such a much needed organization. Often, our soldiers away from home have no one to watch out for them. I am honored to acknowledge these men and women in a small way. I am the mother of a vet. This is a job not many would do. I am so proud to continue in this giving role. I feel a very strong connection to this role through Homefront HUGS and Allesandra. I have already donated twice. More to come! Thank you for this opportunity.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a veteran who served overseas I can tell you the value of mail from home. Homefront Hugs understands this and works very hard to make sure that those in need are supported. They are a very solid little charity who makes the most of their funds and volunteers. I happily contribute to them when I can.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4


I've only interacted with Homefront Hugs via Twitter, but when a veteran I followed on Twitter posted to talk about how he was planning to end his life the day after, I reached out to Homefront Hugs and asked for help.

Homefront Hugs responded in a timely fashion and helped talked that veteran down from his suicidal ideation before he did anything to himself.

It was such a relief to have help, because I'm not a veteran and I wasn't sure I could do it alone.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Home front Hugs, showed up on my Twitter feed a month ago. Joining their efforts to literally help save the lives of U S. Soldiers, was a life changing decision for me, although I didn't realize it at first. I adopted two soldiers to send two monthly packages of hope, recognition and appreciation for their sacrifices so my family and I could enjoy decades of freedom❤️. I've completed two mailings. I love it so much, I find myself checking to see if it's time to send. The other reason it's changed my life; I retired after 40 years of teaching 2 yr olds-11 yr olds. My health dictated the decision. Depression came soon there after, and then the pandemic. I couldn't volunteer at my old school as I had planned. More despair. Home front Hugs threw me the lifeline I had been searching for. Purpose. Without it, I didn't feel alive. I owe them a debt of gratitude. I'm 67 yrs young and I'll serve my country in this way as long as I have a breath.❣️ P.S. my mental health has improved enough that if school opens this fall I will be there one day a week❣️

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Homefront Hugs is a wonderful organization. I had the honor of adopting a soldier overseas and sending them care packages each month. Anyone can join and adopt. They even provide suggestions on items you can send your soldier if you run out of ideas. If you aren't interesting in putting together a package, you can do a monthly donation to assist with the shipment of packages the organization sends themselves to our troops overseas.

Alessandra Kellerman, who runs Homefront Hugs, is amazing and donates so much of her time helping our soldiers deployed, their families back home and our veterans.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Homefront Hugs is a wonderful organization focusing on our troops, including sending care packages to US service members stationed away from home who have no one. This small kindness means so much to the soldiers receiving them. HH does so much more for our troops like support for kids, mental health resources, and more. It truly is “where no hero is forgotten.” I know donations are going where they are most needed. Check out their website to see all the ways you can help our troops through Homefront Hugs. You won’t regret it.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Homefront hugs is one of the finest organizations on the planet. Their nonstop work of helping military families and our soldiers all over the world is extraordinary.

Through every kind of rough challenge whether it’s financial, deployments, grief, rehabilitation, just about any difficulty imaginable homefront hugs is there.

Home front Hugs supports to soldiers and their families it’s just tremendous.

I love this organization. However (like millions I’ve been out of work since covid lay offs in March) If I could afford to I would donate to them all the time - I can’t say enough good things about homefront hugs.

Jeannie Hartley

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization who care about our troops. Keep up the good work

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working with Homefront Hugs for a number of years. Communication is always timely and thorough. It’s a pleasure to help our troops overseas and Alessandra and everyone at Homefront Hugs makes it possible to do so with ease. They are so helpful!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Homefront Hugs matches volunteers to individual deployed military members to build personalized connections and help boost morale. Volunteers send care packages and notes all while following operational security. The team provides clear instructions and continuous guidance for volunteers making it easy for anyone to get involved. The team also maintains social media accounts that provide vital information on mental health services and stories that highlight the sacrifice and dedication of military members for which we are all grateful.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer, I love helping this organization. They do so much, including work for suicide prevention and public health awareness! They share the correct information about the pandemic and help keep our community safe. They are in their 20th year of service and anyone can get involved! All ages are welcome and you can get credit for schools and jobs, so I highly recommend this organization to anyone!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I’ve been supporting Homefront Hugs with donations for several years now. The organization truly cares about every aspect of the whole military family. When my Grandson In Law was deployed in the Middle East I always knew Alessandra was only a phone call away. By the grace of God and some information supplied by Homefront Hugs, he’s home now with his Wife and Daughters. We are all grateful for having Homefront Hugs around! They have an amazing number of resources for any situation.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The name “Homefront Hugs” is a perfect description of this organization. It began 17 years ago, and literally grew from the heart of its amazing CEO, Alessandra Kellermann, and it touches as many hearts as possible. Every penny donated, as well as a few of her own, is spent doing whatever is needed most by as many veteran, active duty men, women and families as can be squeezed into the budget. If you’re at all familiar with our military, you know the wide range of their needs. From boxes filled with necessities sent to those deployed who have no family, to money for burial sent to surviving family who lack the means for a proper final farewell, and everything in between, that’s Homefront Hugs. Then there’s the veteran who recently started a landscaping business, only to have his tools stolen, and dreams shattered. A call went out for whatever assistance donors could provide. This resulted in the donation of several hundred dollars in gift cards for national home improvement stores, that allowed a grateful veteran to begin his business again. I have been and will continue to be a regular contributor. I urge others to give till it feels good, and I guarantee gifts to Homefront Hugs will allow you to feel exactly that way!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I became involved in supporting Homefront Hugs a couple years ago. After reading the mission, and seeing the commitment of supporting our soldiers, it was an easy decision to donate. HH not only physically supports our soldiers needs, provides emotional support, and expresses the gratitude we feel for serving our country . I would encourage anyone to support HH, and our military!

2 Michael R.11

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is a great charity that does fantastic things for people and families in the service and those who have been injured. In addition to helping the military they also advocate that everyone should be treated with dignity. All the money you donate goes to the service men and women. We need this organization

2 Jennifer A. D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My family LOVES Homefront Hugs!!! They truly care about getting care packages to our troops. They care so much about families and helping as many of our troops as possible. ♥️

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Donor

Rating: 5

Homefront Hugs Foundation is doing critically important work. WE made promises to our Vets and too many of those promises have been broken. I know many Vets who couldn't even use their GI Benefits for convoluted reasons or get health care attention when it's desperately needed. We send them off to war, they & their families sacrifice for us all and far too often, they are forgotten when they return home. They are also too often put out of mind WHILE they are deployed, referred to as "the troops" with little sensitivity to each man & woman and all they've given up to marshall America's interests & defend Democracy. The woman running this Foundation is amazing & deserves our help & support. Please donate today?

2 WiltonJr

Donor

Rating: 5

Homefront Hugs works tirelessly to support our troops overseas. From monthly care packages to adopting families of those who are serving the bases are covered.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been familiar with this group for awhile now. They first came to my attention when I saw a post from them on Twitter that was shared by someone with common interests. i am amazed at the work that they do. I can't begin to imagine what it means to a soldier deployed far from home to receive a care package from them or just a letter of encouragement.

I have marveled over their efforts to raise funds for the burial of a soldier who took his own life. The work they do is ceaseless. In short, Alessandra and her son deserve big rewards for their work.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I found this charity while scrolling through Twitter. Being a Navy veteran I became interested in their mission to support active duty and their families via care kits It's not often you come across such a caring organization. They deserve a hand salute for their outreach and dedication. Thank you.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I posted this but not sure my original post went through.
Home front hugs, there are not enough words or praises I could express or convey about this organization.
This organization is a 10 Star out of 5 stars !
This organization helped my family take care of my nephew who like I served, my nephew had a ruff go on his tours of duty and took his life after returning home.
Home front helped us from the very beginning and the help of Jesse’s fellow Marines we would not of been able to take care of the funeral arrangements but this organization stepped up and led the way.
They helped us ensure Jesse was buried with full military honors and full financially assistance to cover all costs !!
Home front hugs is exceptional and outstanding there are not enough words and their coordinator Alexandrea was an angel from heaven with her ability to handle our needs and her human touch and concern was so genuine and heart felt.
She was truly a god send.
Thank you all from all my family, Jesse’s fellow brothers of military and friends, you all were exceptional!!
Thank you!!

4 Randy V.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Homefront Hugs is an amazing foundation. They were there for a family in need when my Marine brother unexpectedly took his own life after dealing with personal demons. I was blown away when I saw all of the fundraising and funeral come together.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband lost a dear friend of his and with little to no family to help with his burial he was doing everything he could to help fund it. It wasn’t until he got a hold of home front hugs that he got the help he needed and in such short notice as well.

4 David H.9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Very professional and dedicated! able to reach out and help us in our time of need.

5 Rich R.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This nonprofit has helped us lay to rest a brother. I cannot thank you guys enough.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Homefront Hugs Foundation's founder Allesandra is a national treasure. A Marine I deployed with lost his battle with PTSD, and Allesandra stepped up and raised the funding his family needed to give him a proper burial. She was indespensible with not only the financial side of it, but she was so incredibly accommodating and helpful with the planning process, and gathering the resources we needed to bury him with full military honors. My friends and I are forever indebted to her and her organization. We love you, Allesandra!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am the daughter of a military Veteran (may he RIP). In the past, there have been other organizations (not all) who have been disingenuous in representing themselves as a good faith organization for military soldiers and Veterans. This is not the case with Homefront Hugs.

I met the courageous woman, Allesandra, who I consider to be the driving force for Homefront Hugs, via social media a few years ago. I found her to be genuine in her attempts to promote Homefront's mission and I was inspired by her efforts. There are no gimmicks...no hidden agenda for this worthy cause. You can find all the information that you need on their website. Whatever amount of donations come in, they go entirely towards the mission of making sure our brave warriors receive care packages and other items. What is especially heartfelt is seeing how dedicated Allesandra is in reaching out for support. I have been a donor for over 5 years now...and I don't regret it. This is my small part in giving back to the brave soldiers, like my Dad, who secured my freedom to do so. Its a rewarding experience for me and Homefront Hugs has made it possible. I would, and have, encouraged others to become a donor of Homefront Hugs. ~ Natalie Nicole Williams

3 Bryan A.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I've known this organization for years and known the founder for even longer. I can say that the work that they do for the service men and woman protecting our country and our freedoms is nothing short of amazing. They work tirelessly to let these brave people know that we back home appreciate and love them and what they are doing for us. I am proud to support this organization and their mission.

-Bryan

3 Leslie S.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

July 1, 2019

To whom it may concern;

I've been associated with the organization know as "Homefront Hugs Foundation" for several years now. As a Vietnam Veteran; when on Active Duty, know first hand the desperation, loneliness and hardship Soldiers in all Branches experience! Moreover; the assistance this organization renders our Heroes lost and living, Gold Star families and Veterans are invaluable. I know of only a few Organizations that accomplish these need, but Homefront is at the top of the list. #Hooah

SGT Duke Sherman
G Troop, 2/11 ACR
Blackhorse Trooper
VIETNAM 1971 - 1972
Retired

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

What I love the most about The Homefront Hugs organization is that they make it so easy for me to have a DIRECT and IMPACTFUL effect on helping to lift vets and their families up. I am so proud of the work this group does and am honored to support their tireless work.

3 Amy Stewart H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Homefront hugs is a phenomenal group.. they work tirelessly to support veterans on every level. I’m proud to support their work with their social media effort. Please support them.. they are changing lives.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My son and I have adopted three or four different military people deployed anywhere from a gentleman who made a lifelong career in the military to an adoptee who is supposed to be home soon. I absolutely love adopting people and knowing that not only do they get a little touch of home but they can share their care packages because we load them up so that the others that are with the adoptee can also share in the joy. To me Homefront hugs is one of the greatest organizations due to the fact that they help all of our military people know that they aren't forgotten. I would recommend and do recommend to anybody that I know to try to just volunteer one time and you'll want to continue to do it and I also encourage those who may be reading this give it a try it will really be a blessing to your heart. We heard from one of our adoptees when we first started sending care packages he sent pictures other than that we haven't heard anything from any of our other adoptees but it doesn't matter to us just to know that they know they're not forgotten is more than enough to keep us continuing to adopt. So please with the holidays coming up we know how much it means to us to have our families around us just think about these people who are out in other countries protecting us so we were able to have our thanksgivings and our Christmases but they're not home with their families. If you could please adopt just one so they know with the upcoming holidays that they are remembered and that they are love for everything that they do even though we don't know them and may never know anything about them other than what we get from the email from Homefront hugs but it's all worth it I guarantee you that thank you very much.
If you have some co workers or a church class or a whole church. It can be 1 person or a huge church to adopt it doesn't matter how big or small you are.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Finding Homefront Hugs was a Blessing in disguise I had searched for a NonProfit that I knew what I was able to donate was not used for anything else other than The men & women HEROES that needed a message (Hug) from home
The woman & son work tirelessly & have for years 4 not 1 penny
I have met other volunteers online & made friends. Sadly we lost a volunteer at the AME shooting A librarian & I think of her quite often I know Alessandra does as well She cares about both the Men & Women that need help Also cares about the volunteers.
The Organization has helped me teach my grandchildren what volunteering is

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been looking for a nonprofit our family could donate to and take part in the work. Homefront Hugs Foundation was the blessing that fell in our laps. A friend shared their current need and we jumped to help after checking all the background info. I grew up in an Army family and still remember all the days, weeks and months without my father. We never complained because country first. I wish we had an organization like Homefront Hugs at that time because it would have been nice knowing dad was getting emotional support from people he was fighting to protect. We love giving to this group and feel overwhelmed with joy knowing we are making life a little more joyful for our heroes.

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Donor

Rating: 5

A one woman, one son team who refuse to let our active duty folks be forgotten. Every month they prepare large boxes filled w/ things to munch on, read, and share. All this is done from donations and their home. Each box costs$18 postage, and volunteers pay postage. This family of two is amazing!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I KNOW THAT THE WOMAN WHO RUNS THIS NONPROFIT IS TOTALLY DEDICATED AND WORKS WITH ALL OF HER HEART AND ENERGY TO HELP ALL INVOLVED. SHE OFTEN WORKS FAR INTO THE NIGHT AND AROUND THE CLOCK TO DO ALL POSSIBLE TO HELP THOSE IN NEED.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Homefront Hugs (http://www.homefronthugs.org) are (in their own words) "a small grass roots non-profit charity with a heart and passion for inclusion, diversity and peace, weary of the useless reasons for division, ready for us all to find our common humanity, and a passion to give unconditional support to our brave troops, their courageous families, our amazing veterans." They work unceasingly for those in need and especially the Armed Forces with a special emphasis on those deployed, disabled or disadvantaged.
Alessandra Kellermann, who founded and heads up Homefront Hugs is one of the most committed people I know. She has chosen to use her background in mental health to tackle the suicide epidemic and her work includes the Healing Canines initiative. She is a champion of human rights, working across political boundaries. In her words "We need to unite across the divisions and make this world a gentler place together."

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to correspond with several men and women in our military. It was great to feel like I could make their time away a little more tolerable. They were so appreciative for everything. It was good to make thier acquaintance and share a little bit of our stories. They enriched my life way more than I could possibly do for them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Homefront Hugs Foundation provides much-needed support to U.S. service personnel serving overseas and their families.The organization is run by one of the most caring and dedicated individuals I’ve ever had the good fortune to know. Having suffered through her own family’s service related difficulties this organization knows what is needed and works hard every day to do so much for those who sacrifice for all of us. If you think you’d like to help then I can say from first-hand experience you’re meager contribution will truly make a difference in the lives of others, God bless.

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Donor

Rating: 5

HHF is awesome. They are truly & seriously committed to supporting the mental health needs of soldiers serving abroad, as well as injured soldiers & vets stateside, and military families as well. With their care packages, HHF provides a simple, inexpensive way by which anyone can make a direct, hands-on difference in a soldier's life.

HHF is a 100% volunteer org., with *every penny* of donations going to the folks they serve. Yet despite what you might expect, being all-volunteer doesn't stop them from being incredibly active and responsive - my emails to them have always been answered within a day's time, and they have a steady presence on social media, not just seeking donors but also advocating for and reaching out to the soldiers & families who can apply to HHF's program.

Also important, IMHO, is that HHF makes the effort to provide ways that children can participate, and assists older kids in completing service hours and projects like the Girl Scout Silver Award they helped my daughter earn. To my mind, that's double service - not just supporting our military, but helping to raise the next generation of engaged citizens.

Like I said, Homefront Hugs is awesome!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Homeftont Hugs is an outstanding organization that continues to take care of our Deployed trip br send care packages. Got pennies a day you can help them complete their mission. As a droop That has been on the recieving end of one of these care packages I can’t explain how my spirits were lifted. Won’t you consider donating today.

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HomefrontHugsFounder 10/18/2018

It was our honor to serve you and thank you for caring enough to post this review so others can seek support as well whenever they need us !

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Donor

Rating: 5

Homefront Hugs was one of my wife's favorite charities. She adopted a soldier and sent them many care packages. The troops love it and she loved doing it. This a great organization that does fantastic things for our troops overseas. I highly recommend getting involved.

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HomefrontHugsFounder 10/18/2018

We miss Penny every day and she still inspires us to do our best with her warmth and kindness she brought to everything she gave at Homefront Hugs . Rest In Peace, dear Penny until we see each other again .

2 Franzi

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been my privilege to be part of Homefront Hugs for many years. Alessandra Kellermann and her son, Ed were always such great role models in their dedication to supporting our troops and their families.Because of this, I started out as a volunteer and adopted several troop members and a couple of families who had loved ones stationed overseas. I have made some lifelong friendships with these troops/families well after their return from deployment and even after they have left the service. My own son who served both in Iraq and Afghanistan received packages from this organization. I have a interesting story about my son who had just graduated boot camp and was trying to get his bearings at his new base when a Sargent approached him and asked if his mother was part of Homefront Hugs. (My son and I share an unusual name) and this young man told him that I had sent him many packages during his deployment and he shared how much he appreciated the support ....suddenly my son had a new contact to ease his transition into the new base.

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HomefrontHugsFounder 10/18/2018

This review touched our hearts like volunteers like you have Franzi all these years . Together we make a real difference - only together .

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great organization! Alessandra Kellermann, Homefront Hugs President is a wonderful role model as to putting your money and time where you heart is. Each time one of us can put a smile on the face of one of our troops and and/or their families we are blessed as are they! Not every service member has a family to support and care while they are deployed but HFH allows us to adopt and share our support! As an Army mom myself of a service member I am so pleased this organization allows me and others to "mother/befriend" these hard working guys and gals! It is an organization that is well run and true to its vision and goals of supporting our US military personnel.

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HomefrontHugsFounder 10/18/2018

Thank you so much for your positive comments and being part of our charity and the difference we make together every single day .

2 homefrontgator

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Homefront Hugs is a marvelous organization providing much needed support for those in the service. This includes deployed and hospitalized service members. We have adopted many soldiers in the past, and found it to be a most gratifying experience. Alessandra Kellermann is a compassionate, conscientious, and caring leader. We heartily endorse this worthy organization.

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HomefrontHugsFounder 10/18/2018

We have always been honored to have supported your son and received your amazing help all these years for our missions - adopting troops and collecting needs as a military family and physician . Shalom and thank you so much for your faith in our charity and work . You are what makes Homefront Hugs shine .

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I have participated with Homefront Hugs for many years. It performs an important and much appreciated service. We have adopted many people in the service, whose names we receive through HFH. There is a tremendous gratification from assisting deployed service people, who need a "hug" from home. Conversely, the person in the service feels less alone while deployed far away. This happens because of the hard work and effort of HFH. We heartily recommend it.

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2 Penny D.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I started with Homefront Hugs as a donor, but the unthinkable happened. On September 16, 2018, I lost my son, Navy PO2 Benjamin Demers to suicide. It was then I learned the true power of this organization. The Founder reached out to me to check if there were any needs in my family. She also knew that as a veteran myself I was at risk and made sure I had the resources needed. The first Christmas, I was surrounded with support as they did a card drive for me. All this on top of the regular work of making sure deployed troops who have no support are adopted for the duration or receive support from them. I continue to support Homefront Hugs and believe in their mission.

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HomefrontHugsFounder 10/18/2018

So many thanks and yet there will never be enough to express our respect and gratitude. Know that Ben and his love of penguins keeps us inspired every day as well as his sacrifices for our country and yours . We will somehow win this battle with military suicides no matter how long it takes - TOGETHER.

3 Alessandra K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Due to brain cancer taking my son’s father, we ended our charity and kept the volunteer organization going until my son had time to grieve . In November 2017, once our son reached adulthood and the needs were growing daily , we reformed with a new name with the same purposes including suicide prevention, advocacy for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, and helping families become resilient before or after trauma occurs . Our new charity can be found here on Guidestar under Homefront Hugs Foundation, Inc. We invite you to join us, leave a review and follow us on social media under @HomefrontHugs on Twitter, and on Facebook under Operation Healing Angel, Homefront Hugs Foundation and Homefront Hugs Kids and Teen Clubs . What inspired us to reform again and start fresh as a new charity are the incredible volunteers from all walks of life who continued to make a difference no matter what our status was as we dealt with our personal tragedy . Everyone is a volunteer including myself and it is an honor and humbling to have such a dedicated volunteer family . We are all in this together . Freedom Endures .

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the best experience and it really matters as to how much you put into it yourself . Homefront Hugs reminds you that there are many ways to help no matter what you believe or your politics and everyone is included . There are several people who are upset because they could not choose the religion of their soldier or did not like the inclusive nature .
No one makes a penny . They are the real deal and took a break from their 501-3c because they needed one to mourn several losses in their family . They should have it by early 2017.
But don't donate for postage or to help if it bothers you - look at all the ridiculous salaries though at other charities and overhead .
This military family has no overhead - pays for supplies and overhead themselves and really cares . They brag about us as volunteers when they do so much themselves when no one helps when it's not the holidays . We have adopted 4x and love their work . We are friends still with some of our troops and it made our kids feel great giving back ! Remember the reason for the season and know this is a homegrown real org that is the real deal - supporting our troops,military families and wounded vets and every community with needs so you can give back helping anywhere as a teen and still be called a Homefront Hugs volunteer as long as you are giving thanks for your freedoms .
Check out their Kids Page or Operations healing Angel !
And the CEO is so accessible - when does that happen these days ?! She does all the assignments herself and emails due to security and once she can hire staff she gets a break . She is disabled herself but hardly talks about it . I love Homefront Hugs! We need to unite more and stop all the complaining ...life is too short !
Email her President@HomefrontHugs.org

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HomefrontHugsFounder 10/18/2018

We love honest reviews like yours and even as our founder now battles cancer - the charity continues . We know giving back helps us as much as our recipients and we are blessed with volunteers like you !

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

This organization is poorly organized. If you sign up to sponsor a soldier, you are given terms of commitment. The organization bears none. They get to applications on their own schedule and expect that you begin your sponsorship as soon as they ask. The communications are mainly pleas for donations because they will be short in meeting their numbers. The communications state that no salaries are given and yet lacking any financial transparency there is no accountability for the funds that have been donated.. You will just have to take their word for it. At one point, the organization was running a dual donation drive to include a moving and other expenses for the headquarters which also happened to be the directors home. Financial conflict of interest.

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HomefrontHugsFounder 10/18/2018

We work out of our small home and earn no salaries or compensation of any sort as a military family . Our own vet served 25 years before my son lost his father to brain cancer. This is why we do what we do pro bono. 100 % of all donations go to our missions and always have . There is no conflict of interest. We are sorry you were not happy with our rules regarding OPSEC and adoptions but we hope you found another charity to use your interest in volunteering . We do not think this was a good fit for you and had to let you to as a volunteer.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a military spouse who can tell you that they are applying again for their non-profit now after taking time to deal with a tragedy and death with their own family veteran . Family first and the son had a very tough time dealing with his father's death . Yet they still continued missions including helping my husband and his whole team while deployed and me and my kids ! For 15 years almost they have been there for others and not making one dime for themselves . That's dedication! That's patriotism. Thank you Homefront Hugs USA . Thank you Alessandra Kellermann and son . You are heroes too . You helped me keep the faith and are always there for anyone in the military hurting .

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This "nonprofit" has lost it's non-profit status and failed to even file IRS forms and 990s for many years. DISGRACEFUL!

It says so right on the main page here. But they are still soliciting funds from the public including television stations like CNN! In exchange for promotion.

WHERE ARE THE FINANCIALS OF MONIES SPENT?? THEY ARE NOT ON THEIR WEBSITE.

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HomefrontHugsFounder 10/18/2018

This information is incorrect and was posted as a result of a personal vendetta from a former supporter who felt our diversity and inclusion was unacceptable . We have asked for its removal but rules are rules . Read the other reviews of actual recipients of help and volunteers . We are a registered national charity .

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I spent almost two years overseas. During this time I wanted to find support for the Soldiers in order to boost morale. I found Homefront Hugs online. When I spoke to Allesandra I could hardly believe people like her still existed. Not only did she take care of my Soldiers, she sent items to my son, mom and sister. Families adopted the three and continued to provide support until my return. Homefront Hugs provided an all expense paid trip to New York for my sister to say "thank you" as she was the primary caregiver for my son. I am eternally grateful to the organization, owner and her son.

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HomefrontHugsFounder 10/18/2018

It was an honor to support you and your entire unit Commander. It helps us all sleep well at night when we know our heroes- including amazing single Moms like you serving and sacrificing daily - are wrapped in care and support ..

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Donor

Rating: 5

Homefront Hugs USA Inc. is an outstanding organization for supporting our nation's troops and veterans. The leader of this organization is a former military spouse raising a USAF dependent who lost his father to brain cancer. She founded this organization and has been volunteering her time and efforts for the last 15 years to be an actual DOER of supporting our military veterans and active-duty troops. As a retired senior NCO, I personally donate to this organization and highly recommend you consider partnering with Homefront Hugs USA Inc. so that they can continue their mission of #SOT and #SOV. Thanks for all you do Alessandra and Ed!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family and I have enjoyed volunteering with Homefront Hugs over the past 8+ years. There are so many different ways to bless service members and show our gratitude for the work they do. Through having the kids help make cards, my older boys helping greet a returning "honor flight" full of WWII veterans, to making donations to help send care packages, there was always a way to help that fit our hectic and busy homeschool lifestyle at the time. We know Alessandra personally, and are so impressed with how all donations go directly to getting the care packages shipped off to various destinations around the world. It is her heart to see that no service member, or their families home-side, feel forgotten, and we are happy to come alongside Alessandra and help with this mission as we are able to.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Homefront Hugs is hands down one the best nonprofit org's I've ever had the pleasure of working with! Their devotion to OUR troops is absolutely unmatched. When an orginazation is failing at their goal I will absolutely review it on social media. This is not the case with Homefront Hugs. I have donated many times to them & will continue to do so! They are angels! Thank you for doing so damn much for our troops Homefront Hugs!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been with Homefront Hugs for quite awhile. It has been a life changing experience for me and I have made some lifelong friends. The wonderful lady who runs the organization works tirelessly to make sure that everyone is supported, and she is always available to answer any questions. I believe that working with Homefront Hugs has helped me as much as it has helped the hard working soldiers (and families) that I have supported. This is the least that we can do for the men and women who work so hard and unselfishly for our country. I am sharing a photo of the last family that I sponsored (with their permission, of course) when Dad returned home and surprised them! I plan to stay with Homefront Hugs for a very long time!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am not a soldier fighting overseas to keep Americans and our allies safe. I am not a wounded warrior in need of support, comfort and healing. But if I was, I would want to know that Homefront Hugs was there for me. In a world suffering from a deficit of kindness, this organization shines as an example of how we should be. I am grateful that Homefront Hugs is there, looking out for our warriors, finding ways to make them feel loved and valued. It makes the world just a little bit better for all of us.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was the co-founder of the Homefront Hugs Club at my high school. As I graduated and now in college, I realized I didn't want to stop being a volunteer for Homefront Hugs. That's when I became the University of Michigan ambassador for Homefront Hugs. I have been bringing clubs and people around campus together who are interested in helping the local Veterans. we have gone up to the VA Hospital to help out at Bingo Nights too. This is a great organization and I can't wait for more people to start what I have.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I have been volunteering with Homefront Hugs for over a year and have adopted 3 different deployed troops, as well as donated additional funds as we could for postage for other care packages sent out regularly by Homefront Hugs. The troops, and their teammates downrange, have been tremendously appreciative of everything we've sent, not only for the contents of the packages, but also for the concrete demonstration that somebody back in the Homeland knows something about their situation and cares about them. The letters and emails we've exchanged have been as important, if not more so, than the care packages themselves.

Alessandra Kellerman, who is the energetic force behind Homefront Hugs, has consistently been the soul of kindness, respect, consideration and compassion toward us and the troops. She is a wonderful example of unselfish love expressed in action and has been a constant joy to work with.

We shall continue to volunteer for this outstanding organization as long as there are troops downrange, or wounded anywhere that we can benefit. Rock on Alessandra! Well done!

Friend, if you're reading this review and thinking about volunteering, do yourself a favor and sign up today. You won't regret it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Homefront Hugs for 13 years now and they are amazing! It is unfortunate that some volunteers who broke confidentiality and other standards and had to be let go - then decided to bash the organization . It only hurts the troops and veterans in need . This is a stellar group that has never taken a penny for themselves. I have enjoyed my children's involvement and my own as a teacher adopting troops . Thank you for the experience and Alessandra is always available for support .

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