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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

230 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Melanie E.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Melanie Elliott from Kensington Kansas. I have volunteered with the HUGS Project for several years. I live several hours away from their headquarters and at our location we make "cup"cake mixes for their Christmas package project.
Everyone I have met, either in person or online. is passionate about troop support. Karen and Ray Stark have been awesome cheerleaders for their organization and go above and beyond for our nation's military personnel. Is it organized chaos sometimes? Oh my yes, but no matter what come up, what happens to derail the best laid plans, they keep everyone excited about the job at hand. I am honored to have been a part of this group since 2005

2 Carolyn S.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with this organization for several years now. It does a fabulous job in support of our troops. All donations of cash and products goes to our men and women who serve, none of the money goes toward salaries as everyone is truly a volunteer.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been connected to The Hugs Project since 2004. Everyone volunteers and not penny is spent on anything but items for the troops and postage. The Oklahoma group is so very organized and energized to provide comfort for out military men and women. Scattered across the United States are several smaller groups and individuals making cool ties, travel pillows, quilts and other items to send to our troops. The Hugs Project is by far the best support group there is.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with Hugs for more than 5 years. They are caring, compassionate people who truly do love our military. Wish there were more like them.

1 DrCoffee

Client Served

Rating: 5

They do what they say they will. They do it when they say they will. I think they are aces!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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1 Helen16

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Simply STELLAR!!!

This group of patriotic folks work without pay to make sure our military's needs are met. They improve morale regardless of what state or branch the young man or woman is from or with. Kudos to The Hugs Project,

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son and his whole bunch of battle buddies knew someone back home cared because of the wonderful volunteers at The Hugs Project. None of them get paid to do what they do, they just want our troops to be well taken care of and to feel loved. How can it get any better? It can't. Thank you all.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have never volunteered for a better group of people than The Hugs Project. Their goal is to help those serving in harm's way know they are loved by those back home. While volunteering we pack more needed items in one box than I thought was ever possible. People spend hours making homemade items that will give our troops items they need and a little piece of home. The cool ties, "hugs around the neck", really do help in times of extreme heat and we have heard back reports of how they have saved lives. No one serving in this group receives a paycheck so all donations go straight into sending items to our military. Ray and Karen Stark, the founders, go above and beyond anyone I have ever seen to give of their time to make sure our men and women serving our country know that we care and love them. I am so glad our paths crossed so I could join in serving our troops as well.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had an amazing time volunteering for HUGS PROJECT! They have so much to help send overseas to our military and what a blessing to give back to those who fight for us everyday. Love this project and the people that daily devote their time to it! What a blessing right here in Oklahoma!

1 Donnie W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Simply the best. Their love of God and country shine through.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Hugs Project supported me and my guys through a couple of tours too. You can’t find a better organization. They are aces!!!

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1 Military Supporter

Client Served

Rating: 5

This group is top notch. They care about those who are in harm's way!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Love what The Hugs Project does for those who remain in harm's way. Now, they are also working with clinics that treat PTSD and traumatic brain injury with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. Good stuff!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love working with the Hugs Project. I enjoy hearing the stories of the men and women who receive the packages and how much they love the items in them. The Hugs Project uses everything that is donated to them. This is a great organization made up entirely of volunteers who work from the heart, not for a paycheck.

4 Sherri B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering for The Hugs Project in 2006. This year we assembled care packages to send to the troops! It is a very organized and fun group to be a part of!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In 2006, when my son joined the Army National Guard, I started looking for an organization for which I could actually do something based around my work schedule. I came across The Hugs Project and the pattern for the "hugs" (cool ties). Since I can sew, I knew this was the organization for me! I could make these on my own time and then simply ship the "hug" to them.That was 6 years ago and I am still doing it, despite being remarried (to a former Navy member) and moving out of state! I love this organization!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

There is no stronger support group for our troops and veterans than the Hugs Project! I have volunteered in various capacities for years and have learned that no donations are wasted. All money goes to our troops. Karen, Ray, and all the loyal volunteers love our military, and it shows in all that they have done and continue to do for our service members. You may help support this fine organization no matter your age or your financial standing. Everyone can have a part in uplifting and encouraging our troops by investing your time, talents, &/or treasures.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Hugs Project has faithfully supported our deployed troops for years and now they also aid those who have returned with brain injury/PTSD by helping them secure Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. Fantastic group - best return for donations of money and time that I have seen!

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4 Julie259

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great organization. All donations go to help the troops. No one earns a salary! My mom and I have made cookies, hugs, bracelets, dog leashes and so many other things. We've also collected donations like soap, shampoo, coffee, tea, condiments. This organization has helped me help our men and women serving this great country. I've been a volunteer for many years and plan to continue for many more. Everyone who works there makes you feel loved and respected.

Hearing the stories from the men and women who receive the care packages and how much we are helping them feel appreciated makes it all worthwhile. You couldn't ask for a better organization to help. Everything that comes in is used in someway to further the cause. Volunteer or donate today!

3 Diana92

Donor

Rating: 5

The Hugs Project is a truly unique nonprofit, benefitting troops and their families and also volunteers who become friends through working with this group. There are no words for those who lead this nonprofit, for their dedication and loyalty to the troops, and their willingness to donate time, time, and more time. Oklahoma City is a better place because of The Hugs Project.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Hugs Project is a super non-profit with a great, dedicated group of volunteers. I am so proud to have The Hugs Project as a local group to which we can donate. What a special service this organization offers to our troops and veterans.

3 Debra N.

Donor

Rating: 5

I personally know The Hugs Project and what they do for our military men and women. My Mom and I have donated food items and fabric and sewn for The Hugs Project for our men and women. This organization LOVES our military and goes above and beyond. I will continue to do whatever I can to support them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of The Hugs Project Oklahoma City for the past few years. Due to health problems, I have not been able to participate except through donations of fabric to make Cool Ties (Hugs) and other items to put in the Care Packages to send to our Military men and women. When I had family members serving overseas, The Hugs Project made sure they received a Care Package. They work very hard and are very dedicated to our Military men and women.

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3 Angie62

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a 4-H leader, I am constantly searching for community service projects for the kids to participate in. Karen and Ray Stark are such sweet people who work with the kids and never let us leave without Karen visiting with them about her 4-H career. Coming from a military family, I am more than eager to support our service men and women. It gives me pride to know that a box we packed was sent and received by very grateful military personnel. I know that a small gesture on our part helped make a person far from home a little bit brighter! I highly recommend everyone to take a few hours to volunteer at The Hugs Project in support of our military!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working with the Hugs Project & Karen Stark for years through my 4-H Club. She never fails to tell her story to the members and it just seems to hit home with many of them! Being able to send a little bit of love from home to our men and women stationed so far from home is the least we can do! The Hugs Project in Oklahoma is a wonderful organization that never says "no"! Through the countless hours and volunteers, Karen tries to ensure that every Oklahoman stationed abroad has a care package which shows her passion for our military! The need for care packages are not as many as in the past, but the donors, volunteers and staff continue with the mission. If you are looking for a great organization to donate to whether, it be monetary; time or products; you will not be turned away!!

3 Jennifer539

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I donated 144 baseballs to the Hugs Project a couple of years ago - it was great! They tucked one in each of 144 care packages going to Iraq and Afghanistan. We were so glad to be able to help.

3 dr-billye

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been supporting the Hugs Project for many years. I love the fact that supporting our troops with care packages is a priority, as well as supporting those troops who have returned home and need help with PTSD (The Hugs Project provides the oxygen for The Patriot Clinics.). Knowing that my donations are being used so wisely makes giving easy!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We absolutely love what The Hugs Project is doing for our service members! Karen and Ray Stark are the most dedicated people I know. They are so welcoming to anyone who wants to help. All of the volunteers I've met there have amazing hearts.