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.
HUGS is a great service for the troops...my son was a Marine killed in Iraq in November of 2005...We as parents had haeard of this serivce organization and they had sent 'love boxes' to him and other guys in his unit...prior to his death...After the shock and semi recovery we have found working with HUGS as a great comfort and source to feel we can help some other brave person. We have given both with our time and money --share the good HUGS has brought to so many
I have worked with the Hugs Chapter in Lilburn, Ga for several years now, and it's such a rewarding feeling to be able to do something for our Troops overseas in return for all they do for us. I look forward to the times that I can work with our group in making the hug ties, preparing packages or even gathering items for mailings. It's amazing how much something so 'trivial' to us, such as a Q-Tip can mean so much to someone in the 'fields'. It's the least I can do! I would like to thank the Oklahoma group for even starting the Hugs Project. It's touched so many lives. As a parent of a son who will be starting his military career in a couple of years, I'm relieved to know that there's a group like this that will help take care of some of his needs. Thanks Hugs Project - for all you do and for letting me help you do it!!!
The only thing better than receiving a letter from home is receiving a package from home. The unfortunate reality is that many of our service members are forgotten or don't have a close circle of friends or family who regularly support them, especially while deployed. And even those troops who have support need to see and feel the gratitude of a grateful nation. The HUGS Project makes sure that our troops are not forgotten, that they understand they serve a nation that deeply appreciates their sacrifices. The packages sent by The HUGS Project to our deployed service members are done so well. The boxes are heartfelt and made with so much love and consideration. Not only are the boxes from the heart, but so many of the contents are useful in the field. From letters of thanks from grateful school children to foot powder and their famous COOL TIES, these packages make a difference to the individual troop and the morale of the unit he or she is serving. My personal experience with HUGS has been ongoing for nearly four months now. This past Christmas I served alongside hundreds of dedicated volunteers as nearly 4,000 troops received a HUG from home! It was an amazing experience I look forward to being a part of as long as our military is protecting our freedoms. What's more is that nearly every penny of every dollar in donations goes directly to the contents of the packages or to postage getting the boxes there. I highly commend the leadership of The HUGS Project for their tireless service and dedication to our miliary. From a former active duty Marine, I extend my highest commendation to the organization and the many incredible people that make up the volunteer force. You have a reputation for being faithful. So I salute you with a full-voiced "Semper Fi." Thank you for all that you do to support our troops around the world. Steven Anderson
I first heard of the HugsProject when I was home visiting my parents before deploying to Iraq. I made sure to donate what I could before leaving knowing first hand what Soldiers and Marines far from home are going through. I am currently deployed and part of a very small detachment unit and the HugsProject made us feel very special, no matter how many people we were. One of my soldiers missed the birth of his first child and the HugsProject was there, sending him warm wishes. I can't thank people enough who volunteer their time and keep the soldiers in their hearts and minds even after many years at war. Thank you HugsProject for doing what you do, you truely impact every recipient.
HUGS Makes a difference for Troops and Volunteers I appreciate the impact that the HUGS Project has had on the families in our Girl Scout Troop. The HUGS Project is truly serving more than just the soldiers overseas- it is serving the volunteers and giving them a chance to have an impact on the world.