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Homefront Hugs Foundation, Inc.

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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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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!

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.

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!

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."

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.

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.

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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President14 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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President14 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 .

1 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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President14 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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President14 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 .

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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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President14 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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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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President14 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.

1 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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President14 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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President14 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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