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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.

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144 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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 Ruth R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Hugs Project is an awesome group of really friendly, wonderful people - all working together for a common goal - to let our fine young people serving in Afghanistan and Iraq know how much we support and appreciate all that they do - (the fact that we have so much fun and laughter why doing so shouldn't count, but it does!) It is amazing to me to watch, when I volunteer each week, everyone pitch in, figure out as an all volunteer what/how needs doing and "get 'er done." Awesome!

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1 Granny F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My Father was career Navy, having served in the "Silent Service" in WWII, Korea, Vietnam. He was a Naval Recruiter during the Vietnam war. I saw first hand how poorly many treat those who serve to keep us free and vowed to do all in my power when I had a chance to make sure those who serve now know how important they are and how much we support them. When I volunteer every week I see men and women of all ages and all back grounds working together to do just that and am so thankful to be given the opportunity to volunteer at Hugs. The best days at Hugs are when any of my Grandchildren are able to go with me - they learn first hand about the sacrifices our military makes.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love working with the Hugs Project because it provides me with a great way to give simething back to the men and women serving in harm's way to provide me with the freedoms I enjoy every day. I can use my everyday skills to create things useful to others. The care packages we put together contain common supplies we take for granted here in the US, but which may be impossible to get where our service men and women are posted on foreign soil. When was the last time you had to go without basic hygiene supplies like toothpaste, shampoo, or soap? I know I would be lost without them. I can't imagine living in a tent (or less) and not having access to the simplest things. The Hugs Project is filling a big void and the volunteers who serve are wonderful supporters of our troops. I highly recommend this organization to anyone who wants to help our sons and daughters survive their service abroad.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MY HUSBAND I HAVE WORKED AT OR SUPPORTED THE HUGS PROJECT FOR SEVERAL YEARS AND ARE ALWAYS AMAZED AT THE DEVOTION AND CARING OF ALL VOLUNTEERS. THEY PUT A LOT OF THOUGHT INTO WHAT GOES INTO THE BOXES AND THE LETTERS COMING FROM THE TROOPS EXPRESS THEIR GREAT APPRECIATION. ALL THIS ENCOURAGES US TO GIVE AS MUCH AS WE CAN AFFORD BECAUSE IT IS SO GREATLY NEEDED AND APPRECIATED.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization that is nothing else is filled with heart. n
their is not one voluteer or doner that does not put more then 100 percent in everything they do to support our men and women in harms way.

I get so much enjoyment working with this special group of men and women who show everyday how much doing for others mean to them. Being a part of this organzation has also made me a better person and so much fullfillment in helping this group give to our service personal.

This is an important organization in what it does. they give our service men and women reinforcement in that this country truely supports our men and women in the job that they were called to do to protect us so we are allowed to do the things we do in our daily lives . In this case i am allowed to volunteer to give back to them . May they be kept safe.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work at the FAA and received an email that volunteers were needed for the HUGS Project to pack boxes for the troops. My husband and I wanted to show support for the troops who give their all for their Country. We were happy to be a part of the team that sent 4,000 boxes to the troops this Christmas 2010. We are proud of the men and women who fight for our freedom. We will continue to support the HUGS project for as long as we have troops supporting us!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering for Hugs when my son expressed interest in joining the Air Force while in college. Later, when he was sent to Iraq, we sent several care packages to him. He was always so encouraged to get the boxes and shared them with as many people as he could. Last fall he was transferred to a different base and as he unpacked, he found the special things he had saved from his "Hug boxes." He said it was as if he was receiving those boxes all over again. I am proud to be a part of an organization that makes our military feel appreciated.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am 71 & my husband is 73 & we have been volunteers since the year it was organized. We can think of no better group to work for than The Hugs Project which focuses on helping our troops in harm's way. Will always remember young lady who wrote that she never got any mail. Had no family. Got a package from Hugs & she cried because someone cared enough to send her a box & a letter of appreciation for her service to the USA. No volunteer is turned away. We need cutters, sewers, ironers, packers, letter writers. Small children draw pictures for the troops & the troops love it. One Sunday school class wrote letters of appreciation & the troops loved that & replied to the kids.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've seen the thousands of boxes that The Hugs Project sends to troops at Christmas time. They also send 40-50 boxes each week throughout the year. The feedback from the troops indicates that they cannot believe the variety of things that can be packed into one box. They receive handmade portable games, toiletries, letters, flash drives, chocolate (even in the summer) and much more. One of the most appreciated gifts seems to be socks.

Cooling ties were the first things that were sent. They can cool a body's core temperature by several degrees and have been known to save the lives of soldiers suffering from heat stroke. Of course, thousands of these are still sent out every year.

The troops are very appreciative that people at home are working so hard to support them. They usually share with others in their unit so one package goes a long way in letting our troops know someone cares.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I helped with HUGS a couple years back when they were sending school supplies overseas. I work a lot so I do not get to come help much but respect the work they do. They helped my brother when he was overseas (both deployments).

Volunteer

Rating: 5

While doing a class project based on a non-profit organization, I met Karen with The Hugs Project. The Hugs Project is a great organization for our troops. Karen and her volunteers are able to offer our guys and gals over in the Middle East a little bit of home, something that our troops desparately need. Please help Karen and Hugs be able to send a little more home to our troops who cannot be here.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

My husband and I started working with HUGS about 4 years ago. He became their primary HUGS material cutter. Having a system all of his own, I just assisted. Over the years, we think he cut over 100,000 of the 5" x 45" strips for the HUGS. He served in the Navy Reserves during the 1960's and was so pleased that he could help the troops now.
Sadly, he died in June of 2010. So many of the HUGS volunteers were at his service and sent cards and flowers. I am reminded constantly of his untiring work. I hope to "pick up the scissors" soon and begin cutting more material for HUGS. In November, family members and friends gathered to help pack boxes in Bob's memory. I'm sure he was smiling down on us.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The girls volunteered over 225 collective hours during their project year. The most important thing the girls learned is what it means to serve others and how even a 9 year old can make a difference in the life of another human being.

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Allesan A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been with the HUGS Project for 6 years. I started when Karen was staying in a hotel where I worked. She handed me a knifty knitter and said "Here, you're just sitting around. Make a hat for a soldier!" So I did and have been volunteering as regularly as I can . My brother in law has been deployed twice and has recieved multiple packages which he distributes to his men. Another friend of mine from college is also an Army officer and has done the same. HUGS does so much good for so many people! They give people in Central Oklahoma a place to help our troops! Please consider donating or volunteering. Our men and women need all love from home that they can get!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Several years ago I met some "Hugs" volunteers at a booth at "Global Oklahoma". They told me what they do to support our troops (America's bravest and strongest men and women). Because I do not take my freedoms for granted, "The Hugs Project" gave me a way to give the support to our troops that was lacking in the Vietnam era. My sister and I started volunteering weekly to sew, iron, and fill the cooling neckties (hugs) that have saved lives.
Although I cannot volunteer consistently, when I can, I go to "Crossroads" to help by sewing, by bagging snacks, first aid kits , and stationary packs, and by wrapping small, useful gifts. With the little money I can spare and the coupons that I can sometimes double, I watch for sales to buy coffee and tea, socks, hygene products andplaying cards, Chex mix, fig bars and raisins, as well as protein foods such as tuna, sardines, and peanut butter. I go to the thrift stores on half price days to collect mugs and tins, nylons to make "soaps on a rope", and 100% cotton sheets to dye (with tea if I can't afford dye) and cut out "hugs" and "kisses" (warming hat liners). Sometimes I can find school supplies and small toys for the troops to give to the children to lessen their fear of Americans. At home I have made quilt tops to back with fleece from fabrics I've gotten from " The Hugs Project". My husband (a Vietnam veteran) makes fudge that I know the troops appreciate. "The Hugs Project" has provided me with peanut butter, sugar, peanuts and syrup to make lots of peanut patties for the Christmas packages. When I have had no money to work with my grandchildren and I cheerfully collect leaves to press and send to troops serving in the desert (as reminders of home).
In early December 2010 I was filled with a sense of pride in our troops from Tinker AFB and all of the volunteers of all ages who turned out to help man two lines (in a bucket brigade fasion) in an effort to load mail trucks with 4,000 care packages; a goal that seemed impossible the week before.
The "Hugs Project" needs money for postage and for items that have not been donated in order to provide these "we care" packages that give needed moral support to the troops who sacrifice so much for our country.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have supported the "hugs" project for over 5 years now and have spread the word to others who we know are interested in the welfare of our military and who want to "do something" to support our troops.
We found that many people want to help and are thrilled to read the letters of thanks from those heroes who receive the "hugs" packages.
The expressions of amazement from the service members who open their packages, from total strangers, and find just what they need encourages us to spread the word through our church, our circle of friends and in other organizations who in turn contribute time and money. Being retired military, we can relate to the loneliness and isolation of our soldiers, so we want to do what we can for them. A group of RV owners that we informed has made over 2000 "hugs" cooling ties, hundreds of games and teddy bears, and thousands of prayer rocks. They say it is the least they can do to say "thank you" to our deserving military heroes.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

For sometime a group of ladies in my church have made "Hugs Love Bears" to be sent to the service people to give out to children in troubled areas. We wondered if the task was productive until we heard from a
gentleman serving in Irag about a child who had received a bear. The story was very heart warming. So - we continue to make the bears. Hopefully we will be able to do others items in the future. We did at one time provide items like socks. Just receiving something from home helps show that we care and pray for safe journeys.

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1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became a volunteer for The Hugs Project to support and thank our troops. I am a former military wife and know from personal experience the difficulties and sacrifices our troops make every day. They give up their homes, their families, and their very lives to keep us safe. It is my pleasure and honor to help bring a little comfort to them.

1 Cheri H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became a volunteer for 3 specific reasons. My son started getting care packages when he served in Iraq so I was curious about these strangers showing such support for him. I found a wonderful, diverse group of people with a single purpose; to send love and support to our troops. Finally it is the only non-profit organization I know of that spends 100% of its funds to fulfill its mission. There are no paid salaries, all of the equipment was donated, and even their work space is donated.

I am honored to be a part of this organization and look forward to continuing as they send love and support to our 3500 Oklahoma National Guard members deploying to Afghanstan.

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