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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”.

Target demographics: Troops and Veterans.

Direct beneficiaries per year: more people than even imaginable. No package is ever kept for the individual Troop to which it is sent. They throw their arms open wide and say, "Hey, come grab something!!" to all their battle buddies.

Geographic areas served: all areas where we can be of service

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

247 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have been sending care packages to deployed troops since 2004. In recent years we have also begun to provide FREE hyperbaric oxygen treatments (HBOT) to ALL veterans in conjunction with The Patriot Clinic. Both of these organizations are 100% volunteer run. I support both of these charities with my time and money. These two groups are the largest donations in my budget. I am fully confident that every dime they receive is spent to help our brave men and women.

Julie259

Board Member

Rating: 5

Great group to volunteer with. They know how to support our troops.

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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!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We, at Main Street Out Loud, are proud supporters of our troops, active and veteran. We are always interested to learn of organizations that are actively involved in military support efforts.

Before we ever endorse an organization, we travel to its base and get to know the organizing members and some of the volunteers. We had heard of The Hugs Project and, in time, among other stops, we traveled to Oklahoma to get a firsthand look.

From the moment we met Ray and Karen Stark (founders of The Hugs Project), we were more than impressed---we were overcome with gratitude. The feeling of true love and care for our troops was more than about the story as to how they started this organization; the feeling was felt in the air, in the rented space, in every box prepared for shipping and in the hearts of everyone we met.

Many organizations start off meaning well, but in time, they become a business with too much overhead and not enough sincerity in caring for the objective. Physical locations, admin costs and salaries erode the loving foundation upon which too many of these organizations are originally built and the once cherished daily functions become burdensome chores carried out in a robotic manner.

Unlike the way of organizations mentioned, The Hugs Project is every bit the organization started more than 15 years ago---if anything the love and care has increased through the unadulterated dedication to its founding principles of caring for our troops.

From our first meeting in 2010 to this day, we have stayed in touch with and supported The Hugs Project. We have had Karen Stark on the air, as our guest during special broadcasts regarding our men and women in uniform. And yes, we have even become close friends with Ray and Karen; we consider them as part of our extended family.

The Hugs Project, under the hands-on daily guidance of Ray and Karen Stark, is not only in good hands, it is surely the standard bearer for the true meaning of charity. Packed with the necessities so needed by our troops, also included is love without boundaries and sacrifice without limits. And while our troops need the material items, the boost in moral through the warmth felt as they open their packages---they get "Hugs" too.

Imagine the world if all social cause nonprofits (as The Hugs Project) were grounded in the purity of charity (love).

Without reservation, I, as executive producer and host of Main Street Out Loud, believe that no other nonprofit organization deserves recognition and support more so than The Hugs Project.

Rudi K
Main Street Out Loud

1 Louise M.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was fortunate to have learned about this incredible organization through a radio broadcast, Main Street Out Loud. Through the sincerity in Karen's voice and the many aspects of the Hugs Project Incorporated, I wanted to contribute and learn more. During a cross country road trip my husband and I planned time to not only meet the volunteers and see the "process", but volunteer some time ourselves. It was a well-organized group, several "stations", some with items being donated, other staging areas with the boxes to fill and a serpentine area of items to put in the boxes. Another area was set to address the personalized boxes for shipping. There was SO much excitement, such positive energy there surrounding being able to contribute and prepare packages for our deployed troops. I can't begin to imagine the wonderful benefits of receiving a package, when stationed so far from home.. along with the PTSD support after coming home. This nonprofit is such a "class act". I could not be more thankful and grateful for Karen, Ray and the entire group, and all the volunteers who make this effort so successful. Just take a look at the other reviews and you will see a common thread. Please, donate or volunteer. You may receive more than you give- by the pride of being part of this great team.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Hugs Project sent my son and his team care packages during 6 deployments. You can't find nicer more caring people. Please make a donation so that they can continue to do what they do for fine young Americans. Thank you.

2 Carolyn S.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with this group for the past several years. We do our best to support our deployed troops with both personal care items and other less necessary items that bring a touch of home to them. We have also begun to assist homecoming troops with TBIs locate hyperbaric oxygen treatments. Our troops need to know that those of us at home support them. We are forever in their debt.

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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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Client Served

Rating: 5

The thing I like best about The Hugs Project is the work they are doing to help brain injured combat troops. They are funding effective hyperbaric oxygen treatment in the Oklahoma City area and it's making a real difference for those of us who came back from war a little bit different. It was called "shell shock" in WWI but now we're calling it a mental disorder and the VA is just throwing pills at it. The Hugs Project has 9 of us guys in treatment and it's a miracle. I feel like I'm getting my life back. Check them out!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with this group for 10 years now. I love being able to send deployed troops items that they need. We, also, pay for hyperbaric oxygen treatments for military personnel who have Traumatic Brain Injuries and PTSD. This is an exciting new focus for our group!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have been sending care packages to deployed troops since 2004. In recent years we have also begun to provide FREE hyperbaric oxygen treatments (HBOT) to ALL veterans in conjunction with The Patriot Clinic. Both of these organizations are 100% volunteer run. I support both of these charities with my time and money. These two groups are the largest donations in my budget. I am fully confident that every dime they receive is spent to help our brave men and women.

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1 John23456

Client Served

Rating: 5

Can't think of a finer, better run Military support group. Honored to have worked with them for many years. Before that, I was on the other side of the care packages and that felt pretty dang good too. Thanks, HUGS! You're the best bunch of people I know. Proud to support and be a part.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Groups like The Hugs Project really make a difference. When I was deployed, we lived for mail call. To get a package from family was great but when you get something from total strangers, it would blow your socks off!!!

Thank you all for caring about a bunch of grunts you will never even meet. We love the great way you make us feel.

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1 Military Supporter

Volunteer

Rating: 5

30 care packages go out each week. 700 will be mailed at Christmastime. No better more supportive group that meets the need of some of America's finest young (and some not so young) men and women. HUGS LOVES TROOPS AND VETERANS!!!

For the past 5 years, they have been funding effective treatment for Military members with TBI/PTSd. Check out their website at: http://www.thehugsproject.com/hbot-for-tbi-veterans to learn more and you can also supply a name and address of your favorite deployed friend or loved one to receive a care package.

Thanks, HUGS.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

They've been sending care packages for the past 14 years. There's no cost to our military or their families. Now, they are funding effective Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for brain injured troops and veterans. GREAT, unselfish organization!!!!

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2 Donnie W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This group just keeps getting better and better. They started in 2004 to send out a few care packages and then, they have kept at it for more than 15 years now. They decided the last ones out deserve support as much as the first in. Commendable.

They supported my guys throughout 3 deployments and now, they are sending boxes to my son and his unit!! Outstanding!!!

You can't go wrong donating to this stellar non profit!! Way to go, HUGS!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Board Member

Rating: 5

What a privilege to volunteer at this wonderful organization which has done so much for our Military! I became involved with Hugs about 14 years ago because I saw how they did so much with few resources - and NO PAID STAFF, 100% volunteers! Hugs remains that way today and has expanded our mission beyond sending care packages to those serving in harm’s way. Additionally, for the last few years, Hugs has funded HyperBaric Oxygen Therapy for many of our Military and First Responders who have suffered injuries while serving this great nation. It is a joy to see the results of this effective treatment program in the lives of those we have helped treat!

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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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1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Started with The HUGS Project over 10 years ago, when my AF son went to Afghanistan the first time. It helped ME to be doing something to help those in harms way, and I know it helped many of them, by the letters and pictures of response we got. I also helped in various fund raising efforts, like the Blazing Sun - Run for Freedom - a super hot run in July to remind folks that our troops are in terrible heat WITH backpacks, etc...several military came out and ran in full gear and “Captain America” came with his dog to take the kids on a walk, looking for anything “bad” - he was great, getting down and looking at ant hills, hiding behind bushes, the kids participated and loved it! This non-profit organization is run on donations and they are stretched as far as possible. We send postage paid size boxes with everything from gum, canned tuna, protein bars and candy to socks, razors, baby wipes and toilet paper. Some of these folks are out in the country with no BX or Walmart in sight! The postage is NOT free, but the regular rate, and we pack them as tight and full as possible. I am proud to be a part of this amazing group of people, dedicated and selfless in so many ways.

Teresa A.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was given the number For the hugs project by a nurse at the VA medical center. I was there one day with my husband who has TBIand PTSD. I was at a loss, I didn't know where to turn, I was alone. No one understands PTSD, and/or TBI. I picked up the phone oneafternoon sitting in the church parking lot waiting for my mom to come out, made an appointment to go in and talk to the leader of the program. she got us in the very next day. 24 hours later, my husband had his very 1st hyperbaric Treatment. He now has completed over 60 treatments, I finally have my husband back. Thank you to the hugs project for helping my veteran to get the help that he needed.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've worked with various non-profits and all of them do their dead-level best to help their target... from animals to children to the homeless and everything in between; but I've never worked with a more selfless crew than the folks at the Hugs Project. Ray and Karen Stark go way above and beyond to rally their volunteers to support the troops overseas with much needed personal supplies as well as the very clear message: You are Not Forgotten. The entire group spends time, donates supplies and money, makes things, sells, packs, ships, writes, wraps... you name it: If a soldier needs something, Hugs will try - and usually succeed - to get it. The Hugs Project is more than a non-profit; it's a Community serving and supporting its most cherished asset.

5 William T.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am very excited to know there are such great people and such a great organization out there to go to such lengths to support soldiers! As a vet that has suffered a TBI (non-service related) I am so excited to have spoke with Karen and learned of the steps being taken to provide help for those of us that have suffered the lasting effects of brain injury.

AMAZING ORGANIZATION!! =)

6 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

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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.

6 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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5 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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