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Homefront Hugs Foundation, Inc.

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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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Volunteer

Rating: 1

After I adopted my soldier, I was contacted by Alessandra (owner and operator), who demanded I forward her all the emails I received from my soldier because my soldier was not responding to Alessandra's emails. Feeling threatened by her, I forwarded her only 1 of those emails. It was a huge violation of my soldier's trust, and I highly regret it to this day. Later, I found she had put some of the information from that email on her website as if it was written to her by that soldier. Now that my soldier is no longer deployed, Alessandra has attempted to intimidate me to receive my soldier's home address and phone number which she wrongly believes I have. She has used methods such as name-calling and belittling to get what she wants from me. She has prematurely released the names of our deceased military both on FB and Twitter. (That is not the job of any nonprofit organization. That is the responsibility of the DoD.) She has a number of CrowdSource attempts to get people to pay for her home repairs, purchase her a new vehicle, etc., with attempts to pull on heart strings because she is the owner of HH. If you read her website, you'll find a huge push to donate money...with adoption as a side note. Wouldn't it make more sense to push adoptions so the responsibility of filling care packages and providing postage twice a month rests on the adoptive family rather than Alessandra? Please, I urge you to do research on the company you work with. I strongly recommend SoldiersAngels as they do exactly what HH does with adoptions but they are a much larger organization, wonderful to work with, kind, generous, and most importantly have a verified nonprofit status with 5-stars on GuideStar.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I woule rate this nonprofit a TEN star if I could. I've been with Allesandra and her son Eddie thru the years and find what they do for the military and their families extroadinary. I'm very proud to have signed up, I myself have been married to a veteran and have sent packages and letters to these men and women overseas for years just to put a smile on their faces and a little laughter maybe. It makes me feel good too. Allesandra and her son have worked hard on this nonprofit for our military and their families and I'm proud to part of it. It's a fun thing to do and very rewarding. Have your family join us or your organization....KIDS LOVE IT!!! get them off the computers and texting !!!! .....and the streets....USA USA USA!!!! Remember our troops they remember us. All you need is a piece of paper and a stamp. Homefront Hugs is #1 in my books!!!!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been involved with HomeFrontHugs virtually since it's inception 14 years ago. In search of a charity to donate to where I knew every penny was going directly to sending care packages and taking care of deployed troops both mentally and physically, I knew immediately this was the kind of organization for which I was looking. The founder, Alessandra Kellermann and a dedicated group of volunteers, as well as her son, work tirelessly without pay or need for acknowledgement, and assure that FOB deployed know they are not forgotten. Her adopt a soldier campaign gives comfort, thoughts , and prayers to an untold number of troops. Having been involved in many military volunteer groups, HFH is by far my favorite as I can personally feel and see the impact it has on the lives of personnel, their husbands or wives, and their children. I could not recommend HFH more highly, and I could not be more proud of being part of an organization. If you are looking, this is what you're looking for.

12 Lisa429

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I signed up with this organization to help support our troops.Being disabled there's not a lot I can do.When I saw the chance to adopt a soldier I was so exited.Helping the soldier was so uplifting but the experience with this organization left me in tears.And Im left wondering why I was treated so badly.Being new to this I had questions and recieved no responses. Then was told it was my fault.Even the soldier I adopted apologized about it and felt badly for me because I had to explain to him why I was no longer with HFH.The concept is great,but very disappointed and upset.I would think that when someone volunteers with an organization your efforts would be appreciated by that organization.I will never recommend Homefront Hugs and am now apprehensive of joining another.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am proud to be a part of HFH. I admire Ms. Kellermann for her passion for all military. I feel connected to the soldiers I have adopted, as if they are my own. My goal is to bring a smile to the soldiers that receive. Such a miniture sacrafice on my part for those that sacrafice everything to keep me and mine safe from harm. I am forever in their debt. May GOD BLESS AND BE WITH THEM ALWAYS.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined HFH a few yrs ago, and I am amazed at how much they do for so many. Not only do they support the soldiers who are deployed, they help the families that are still here. I love the fact that almost anyone can adopt a soldier and send their support and thanks. I had a soldier I adopted a few yrs back and around christmas time I sent him a battery operated christmas tree for him and his troop. I recieved an email from him and all the others telling me thank you, and It would be one of the best christmases they would have being away from home. Then not only that I got pictures from him with the tree, and the smile that was on his face said it all. I recomend joining Homefront Hugs because there is a personal satisfaction to it. Not only do you do your part to support the soldiers, you get to corespond with them and get to know them, you get feedback and thanks for your part. I use to give my money to charities that helped others, but the satisfaction was not there in know who I was helping, that is not the case with HFH.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined Homefront Hugs 5 years ago. Right from the start I was touched by the absolute devotion shown by Alessandra to the service members and their families she has chosen to serve. I have seen quite a few nonprofits run by grand-standers, who are more interested in getting their picture in front of the public than helping anybody except themselves. Ali won't do anything of that sort. However, if there is a chance of telling everybSody about her dream of helping, she will shout it from the rooftops.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

HFH seeks to support our soldiers and their families by having the public send cards, letters, care packages, etc. You can donate items to HFH to send to our soldiers or families, you can donate money to HFH for postage to get those care packages sent, you can send letters/cards/packages direct to HFH to distribute, or you can adopt your own soldier or their family. Thanks to HomeFront Hugs, you have one centralized organization to give what support you can! Especially when our troops sacrifice so much for us. Check them out at homefronthugs.org and not only will you see their dedication, you'll want to help just like I did!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Homefront Hugs has been superb in their tasks in both sorrow and joy. Alessandra and crew are very quick to respond to any measure or task put before them.We have had a terrific experience over the last 7 months with every encounter. We currently have two adopted troops that are currently overseas. The rewards of the bonding between initial complete strangers has brought me and my family great joy. Our service members are so grateful for so little we give compared to what they are giving to us. Our hearts do get broken when we hear about the needs of our fallen, wounded, veteran troops and their families. Homefront Hugs reaches out to so many different aspects of military life we wish we could address them all. We suggest you get involved.If you would spare a few hours a month or even a few cards here and there it may just spark up your life in a way that you really can not put into words. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND assisting these folks.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just started this adventure. I read a message board from the troops and decided to help out. The response from Homefront Hugs was very quick. I understand that there are many more troops that need adoption. If I could I would adopt them all. My family like many are really financially strapped yet it doesn't cost a whole lot to show you care.I suggest we do what we can to help out our troops. They sacrifice more then we can imagine.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with Homefront Hugs and Alessandra have been truly wonderful. This organization helps so many people, all the time. I have loved being able to support our troops overseas. I've made new friends and enjoyed hearing about all the wonderful things this organization does both overseas and here at home. My experience has made me proud of those who serve and those who volunteer to support them. It feels truly amazing to know those men and women fighting in Iraq/Afghanistan know they are not alone and hearing it from them is something you will never forget. Homefront Hugs makes sure nobody is forgotten.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Outstanding organization with a great purpose. I only wish my efforts at generating interest and support helps out and I know I will continue to do what my family and I can do in support of their efforts.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer and it has brought so much joy into my life to be able to give back. Our troops are dedicating their time and service so we can live without fear, it's the least I can do . I write letters and send pkgs weekly and I would do it all over again if asked, I will remain a volunteer until I am no longer needed or able.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I know how rewarding it has been to be a volunteer for HomefrontHugs USA. It has given me the opportunity to give back to our troops for what they do for us and our country.I try to spread the word about this great organization wherever I may be. We are volunteers we accept nothing in return except knowing we have helped another human being.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

HomefrontHugs is an amazing organization! I have been a volunteer for nearly two years now and I am still caught off guard by the remarkably unconditional, loving support provided to our service memebers, and their families, by this group. Alessandra is a selfless woman who has inspired me, as well as my family, with her generous spirit, and we are looking forward to supporting this effort for years to come.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A great organization that pairs up people and/or families to adopt a soldier that never receive care packages from home. My brother-in-law served in the Navy for 20 years and he always commented how fortunate he was to receive care packs regularly and how many guys never got anything from family or friends from home. Please let them know we care.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of Homefront Hugs since approximately 2004. The number of projects provided have increased over the years as the needs of the troops, their families and the wounded have been made known. It is truely an organization that works extremely hard to make sure no hero is forgotten. As the needs grow, and more troops deploy, so grows the need for more volunteers and dontations. This is an all volunteer organization with all monies being used for the projects. Check out our web site and find a project to support to show your support an say think you to our heroes.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

A+++++++++++++. They go above and beyond their call of service. My entire platoon and I are most grateful for their service to us and helping us while we are currently deployed. They know what it means to help soldiers and not just current serving members. They even are very caring for out families at home. My wife is most grateful for the wonderful friendships she has made with them. With great respect, Platoon SGT Jeremy Pidgeon and Platoon, Afganistan 2009/2010

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

If you are ready to get involved to support our troops in a meaningful way, this is the organization for you. There are a ton of ways you can get involved! Getting involved to show your support for our military doesn't need to cost a lot of money. The most important aspect of the volunteer experience is your time and kindness. You can opt to "adopt" a deployed member, the military nurses and doctors who care for them, or our wounded heroes who are now home and could use some love. You can simply be part of the campaign to write letters and send/make get well and thank you cards. The cards are a great way to get children involved. You may also choose to support their families back home. Whatever you do, you will be making a difference...a true difference. The organization is not politically affiliated and is completely volunteer run. Our military and their families are counting on us.

8 anexson3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer for Homefront Hugs USA and am so blessed to have found this organization. Like so many people, I wanted to find a way to let our soldiers know how much we care and appreciate their service to this great nation. I have worked with other organizations that have not been as on top of things as Allessandra. It has been such a sure joy and pleasure to be able to work with such an outstanding and devoted woman. Her passion for the military goes above and beyond. She has inspired not only me but my daughter as well to go the extra mile and want to do as much as we can for our troops. I could not have picked a better organization to volunteer for. Thank you Allessandra for creating Homefront Hugs USA....

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for Homefront Hugs for the last six months and have adopted two soldiers, one of whom is Afganistan and has lost men. We can never do enough to thank these brave men and women who not only sacrifice their lives but sacrifice being away from family, friends, and the comforts of home. Please, please volunteer so we can help as many folks as possible. It just takes sending care packages and notes of encouragement. You will find the experience most rewarding, and if you have children, it will be a valuable lesson on serving commuinity and volunteerism.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This charity matches up ordinary people to provide support for our troops overseas. Whether it's to send care packages, or write letters and cards to help morale, this is a great way to reach out to our brave service men and women around the world. Through Homefront Hugs, our family sent a large package of cards to wounded troops in Iraq and we even received a personal e-mail reply from the chaplain who distributed the letters. This is a great organization that needs monetary donations as well as volunteers to send items to our military personnel.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

HomeFrontHugs is doing a job that is critical to any soldier when deployed away from home. This could also be adapted to new soldiers in the service during training, especially the young ones. I am glad that someone stood up and has said, "Give them our support", it was barely there when I was a soldier deployed overseas and I was happy to respond to all of the letters that I received. God Bless you each!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just recently started with Homefront Hugs and what a great organization. From the serive they provide to being prompt with helpful information, I really am getting into this opportunity! Our service men and women deserve the very best!!