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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

144 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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5 John23456

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Worked with these folks at Christmas 2010 when they did 4,000 care packages. Will work with them again this year and the goal is 4,500 or more. Good Stuff!!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have helped The Hugs Project for 6 years, it is a great organization that helps our troops overseas. I started when my brother was deployed and never left, that one box turned into hundreds of boxes for our troops. I love to read the Thank You notes we get back and how much they appreciate the little things we send. Most of the little things we send, we at home take for granted and don't think about being in the middle of nowhere and not having toothpaste or toothbrush. I love working with the other volunteers! We have a great time and able to support our troops!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went to pack a box for my brother 4 years ago and never left. Everyone is a volunteer and we support all branches of the military. We support our troops year round averaging 50 a week and 5000 at Christmas.

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1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This group of people are amazing in how much they serve our men/women in harm's way. So many men/women have smiled simply because of the love and support they have shared.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was so impressed with this organization that I started a chapter here in western Kentucky. The work that is done by the home group is amazing. A LOT of work and dedication is needed to run a group like this when EVERYONE is a volunteer. Not too hard when someone is getting paid to do the work but much different when it's done 100% with love. There have been MANY of our heroes who have told us the stories of how much it meant to them to get the love and support that goes into every box sent. Even after they come home it sometimes makes a difference. Just knowing someone cares is enough to get you thru a bad day over there. I love our heroes and I love The Hugs Project for doing what they do.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering since 2004. HUGS has sent packages to my family & friends serving overseas. They are efficient and so thoughtful about how they spend. Every penny goes to the troops!!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Hugs Project sends approximately 100 care packages weekly to our troops and 5,000 at Christmas. It is all volunteer--no one takes salaries, and the headquarters is donated by Crossroads Mall. They also pay the water and electricity. "Hugs" are the cooling neckties that are sewn for the troops to keep them cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The Hugs Project has sent over 1 million "hugs" to the Middle East. Many other things are sent in the care boxes--things our troops need. It is a great organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Hugs Project is amazing and truly cares about our troops. As a volunteer, I know that no one gets a salary; and thanks to Crossroads Mall who donates our space and utlities, more of the donated money can be used for more items for our troops. Nothing is wasted at The Hugs Project! If you can't physically go work at headquarters, there are many things you can do at home. Just visit www.thehugsproject.com to learn what you can do. Our troops deserve the thanks of a grateful nation.

pattihms

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I have assisted The Hugs Project for four or five years by supplying needed supplies and when health permits, working at their facility. They touch so many soldiers lives with the work they do and it is staffed entirely by volunteers. We heartily recommend this group as a very worth while organization.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I heard about The Hugs Project accidently and filled out a form for my nephew who was stationed in Iraq at the time. He received a package and was very excited to share it with his fellow squad. The contents of the package was just what he needed at the time;kool aid powders to put in their thermos was a great addition. The beef jerky,cd's flashlight and more goodies to eat. Thank you so very much The Hugs Project.

SpaGirl S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The message is clear at HUGS PROJECT - they care. All volunteers give of their time and resources to create and send packages to our military, which are lovingly received by our soldiers. Many thanks for a job well done.

dkrivenko

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Hugs Project is a wonderful organization. Not only do they continue to keep deployed members of the military in packages, they do it with lots of love, blood sweat and tears. They are helping remind those deployed there really are people back in the States supporting them and loving them.

My son has been the recipient of packages during both his deployments to Iraq. His buddies also received packages. I know when my son deploys again, he will be on their list and receive a ton of wonderful stuff/

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Hugs Project is a wonderful organization. My Marine son was deployed to Iraq twice and both times received lots of great stuff from them. It really warms a mother's heart knowing someone cares enough to try to make their son's time away a little more comfortable. This is done not even knowing my son! How great is that?

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been associated with The Hugs Project since 2004. All are volunteers and all have extremely unlimited huge hearts. Hundreds of thousands of cool ties (hugs) have been made by many of us and many more are made yearly. Our A.F. daughter was deployed twice and they came through with packages to help her fellow troops that did not receive support from home. When a call goes out for a needed item or to help, hundreds respond and are there to help. I've belonged to several military based organizations and The Hugs Project is by far the best. God Bless our troops, and The Hugs Project.

2 Shirley234

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love and caring for the American troops must be contagious and Karen and Ray Stark are the most infectious carriers! Their love, concern and dedication to serving those who are serving us in the military is impossible to ignore. The result of working with or donating to the Hugs Project is such a good feeling you just want more of that feeling!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started helping The Hugs project a few years ago. I joined after our grandson left for Iraq. There were many other groups that I am involved in but The Hugs Project is one that I enjoyed the best. I don't do as much now, too old lol but they are still the best.

2 Jonathan2345

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being down range you don't get the luxuries that we take for granted here in America every day.
You don't have 24 hour access to stores or even showers for that matter, so something like a box of some baby wipes goes a long way to someone who is sleeping in a hole in the ground...literally!
We have guys that risk their lives doing convoys just to get care packages to others who are in harsher terrain! Those who receive these packages are always in great spirits!! When you're talking about being in a war zone and having all of the same problems you still have on the home front like bills, deaths in the family, divorce, stress in general that makes you just want to quit...that little piece of Heaven that's a HUGS Care Package is all someone needs to keep going! Keep it up HUGS! You're loved by more than you know!

1 Mary2345678910111213141516

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with the Hugs project for about 7an half years I have done sewing and helped where ever needed All people who work there donate their time and materials. I enjoydonating my time to this worth while project giving care packages to our soldiers in harms way sending a little home to them. It makes me proud when we get a letter from a soldiers thanking us for the item we send .
Huggs, sox , drink mixes. home made cookies
When my nephew was over seas he told me when receiving the huggs box was a bright momentof that day and he had lots of help to open his box

1 Rick2345

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Some bands that I play in had the chance to perform at a HUGS. We practiced several weeks getting ready and had a really good time working with the volunteers and learning more about HUGS. The letters from the troops were very moving and rewarding.
As a civilian, I'm really glad to know there are organizations like HUGS that give comfort to our troops who are fighting for our country while we go about life as normal.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Karen Stark and everyone at the Hugs Project is selflessly committed to the mission of extending a heartfelt thank you to every soldier serving in today's military, especially those in harm's way. I have spent enough time volunteering and helping pack boxes, write letters, make cool ties, and am constantly amazed at this organization's tireless effort. I have never been so personally motivated and inspired as I have by the Hugs Project and the hearts behind it. I have seen the good it does first hand and have had the joy and honor of realizing the huge emotional impact that one care package and one note means to each and every troop that recieves them. I have come to value more deeply the importance of the human spirit and how it can be changed through The Hugs Project.
I attended a small carnival outside OKC with the Hugs Project where we set up a small booth trying to gain funds to help our soldiers, and to reach out and inspire others to be greatful for their sacrifices. It poured rain and was cold, but we did not pack up, instead Karen and I huddled in the back of her van, continuing to make things we could send to the troops. When the rain cleared a man stopped by and gave us all a heartfelt thank you and told us of how he was deeply discouraged after returning to the states from his time of service and to see minimal gratitude from other citizens and it motivated him to see what we were doing and he had actually recieved our packages overseas and said that they had boosted the morale of his fellow men in arms. I broke down and cried, and hugged this perfect stranger. There is no deeper connection to humanity than that which I have experienced with the Hugs Project. This organization and It's mission deserve all the recognition they can be given. Thank you Hugs!!

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1 Mick W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Some of our scout troop helped HUGS in OKC a couple of years ago for service time. I have 3 sons who are scouts and they enjoyed working to help our troops try to enjoy a few of the comforts of home. From what I have read in email attachments to HUGS, our efforts were much appreciated. I hope that our troop will volunteer again for this much worthy cause.

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1 Edward H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

II am a retired Vietnam Veteran. When I was serving in Southeast Asia there was not any origination doing what the Hugs Project is doing. It would have been great to receive packages from people that you did not know and know that they really did care about what we were doing and how we were.
When we retuned from Southeast Asia we were spit on, called names and look at as the sum of the earth.
The Men and Women that serve this country today deserve better and this a group of great people that are showing them that there is people who do care about what they are doing and how they are living. They do a great job of getting needed supplies to the Men and Women of our arm forces.
Karen and all of her volunteers are to be commended for all the hard work and long hours that they put in.
I would have loved to have received a package and support that they give everyone.
I have been a volunteer for a short time but due to work requirements I can not spend as much time helping all that I want.

1 Karen K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love The Hugs Project because the packages sent to our troops touch them on a personal level. Every care package is packed with – well, much care. We often think about the troops and wish we could let them know how much we appreciate their sacrifice. The Hugs Projects sends encouragement from “home” to our troops and, of course, the true vision of the “hug” is brilliant – a cooling tie that will help lower the body’s temperature when in the heat. A real source of comfort physically as well as emotionally. We receive an e-mail each week with “thank you’s” from the troops and it’s heartwarming to read how they felt when the received their package, often sharing it with everyone they can. I wish we could send every service man and woman a package from The Hugs Project…they deserve it! They deserve our best for defending our country and our home.

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1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Not only does this organization help and support troops in need of simple yet scarce supplies, but they also provide a fun and social environment for those with little to do or those who just need a reason to get out of the house. These people are literally some of the nicest people anyone could ever meet. If you need some community service hours, they're there to help. If you wanna get out of the Lazy-Boy and do somethin productive, they're there to provide. If you want to help out the troops over seas fighting for our freedom, whether they are a relative, a loved one, or just a friend, the Hugs project is the place to be. I personally love every moment I'm there, packing care packages, ironing hugs, or even bagging up chocolate. There's many jobs available, creative jobs for the kids and even simple jobs like sowing and ironing for those who need to sit and still be productive.

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