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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”.

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am writing in support of the Hugs Project started by Karen Stark. Just reading letters from the military who have received care packages is proof that this is so appreciated. I have made dozens of the cooling ties that are included in the care packages. Such an easy way to help out. There are so many volunteers, and this group has expanded to groups all over the USA. Karen is a tireless worker with excellent leadership and managerial abilities. She keeps us all enthused, such a great group to work with.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Hugs Project has been a very rewarding project for my Mother and myself because it allows us to serve those military personnel who are serving their country in harm's way. Because of the letters and emails received from the troops, I know the care package we construct and send make a difference and help make a difficult situation better. I believe these packages help sustain morale and improve the physical conditions endured on a daily basis. Every year, The Hugs Project does more and better services than the year before because we care.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dedication, hard work, and patriotism are the three descriptive words that immediately come to mind when I think of the Hugs Project. Volunteering with them is a great experience in that there isn't a moment they are not working towards their awesome goals. Care packages are consistantly being packed, cooling ties and special gifts being made, and encouraging and supportive stories about the men and women serving overseas are talked about with great knowledge and compassion. Each time I volunteer (during this Christmas season, when 4,000 packages were put together, for example), I know for a fact fellow Americans are being provided with necessities and love from the volunteers.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I know when I give to the HUGS Project that my money and my time will be well spent. The HUGS Project has no paid staff or even rent fees to consume donations. The vast majority of the monies donated goes for postage to get as many packages as possible into the hands of our brave men and women serving in harm's way abroad.







My son was one of those young men. During his 15 month deployment he received a package from the HUGS project which he shared with the men and women he worked with--including Iraqis assisting the military. Each package we are able to send touches many--not only with essential things like food, HUGS, and survival bracelets; not only with the caring shown by all the little things thoughtfully included; not only by providing an opportunity for our soldiers to share with each other and those they are there to help; but also by impacting the lives of every person involved in those packages in a positive way. The person who donates money or goods and those physically filling the boxes are blessed. The recipients not only have their living conditions improved by the contents but are blessed by the love and caring behind each package.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
My husband and me have been working with the Hugs Project for over 3 years. We have no one in service, but The Lord has blessed us in many ways so we want to give back. We look forward to Saturdays when we open the office in Oklahoma City, OK. and greet the volunteers who come to work. We assign them a job.

This project has opened up a new life for us. He is 84 and I'm 83.

Being Senior Citizens, our family wants us, but since they have their own families they don't always need us, so this fills that need.

Sincerely, Dennis and Helen Miller

Lauren P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I don't live in OK, but I went to help with a few of my friends and I LOVED it! I want to see more of this type of projects EVERYWHERE! Keep up the good work! You are an inspiration and you are appreciated!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am part of an organization that began working with HUGS last year and we have tried to come monthly ever since. When seeing the passion all of the workers have for this job, it's hard to not want to work just as hard. With so many stories told from the ladies (there are some men too!), we can honestly say we are making a difference in the lives of soldiers and heroes. Some projects seem out there, but we know those fighting overseas love all they get and so we just love to join the HUGS project and help.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Hugs Project has been so helpful to so many of our military staff. Living in a military town, I see troops come and go and have spoken to many of them and they always say how much the appriciate getting packages and items during their deployment time. This group has worked with so many groups like the one that I belong to to help us to learn what items need to be sent. Great Job Hugs!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I only spent a few weeks working with the HUGS project in OKC before I moved to another state. I have never been with a more dedicated and enthusiastic group of people. They believe wholeheartedly in what they do and helping them lets us be connected to the men who are risking their lives for us. Please help them continue the wonderful work that they do.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was looking for project for my Boy Scout Eagle project when I found The Hugs Project in 2009. I have been involved with them ever since. I like helping the soldiers and that is what this group does.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The HUGS Project has many volunteers that, like myself, give time, money and goods because the work serves a much higher purpose. The joy I receive from volunteering knowing that what I do provides more than joy - it often fills a void in the life of a deployed soldier. Often, these soldiers are so grateful that we cared enough to send a box of needed and cherished items they write to us and they sometimes drop by to give a personal thanks. When I realize what our work means to a deployed individual I am filled with pride for our fighting men and the HUGS Project.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with The Hugs Project for a couple of years now. They are a great group of patriots. They love our soldiers and work tirelessly to send them care packages. At Christmas time, they send out about 4000 packages. That's over $40,000 in postage alone! The leaders of the group are the most dedicated people I have ever met. It is an honor to be a part of this group.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am very new to volunteering with the Hugs Project and I've only had a chance to help a couple of times. It didn't take long to realize the Hugs Project folks are extremely dedicated in ministering to our troops. When it comes to care packages, they cover all the basis. Treats, good reading, nifty little games for our troops to share with each other and play. And lots more great things in those packages. Can anyone say? KEEP 'EM COMING HUGS!!! The Hugs Project must go on. I cannot imagine them not being around. I know many troops have been blessed by them. I look forward to helping them out more in the near future.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am starting my 3rd year volunteering with The Hugs Project one day per week (sometimes more). I have a great time supporting our troops overseas and enjoying the company of fellow volunteers (all great people). Our "pay" is the joy we receive in reading letters and emails sent to us from the troops expressing their appreciation and their knowing that someone at home cares about them. Ray & Karen Stark work hard, unpaid, long hours to see that as many "care packages" as possible are packed and sent to our "defenders of freedom". DW-OKC

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer with the college group I'm involved in and we love coming to the HUGS Project. To say these people are passionate is a true understatement. Everyone who walks in the store knows the purpose behind all that they do. Not one single thing is wasted and much thought goes into the package contents. It is a great cause and I will definitely support them in the future.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Aloha Ohana, Just want to let you all know that what you're doing for us back home echoes great joy for us here in Kabul, Afghanistan. Mahalo Joe Deguzman (Navy Chief)

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TheHugsLady 03/31/2010

Get us soe names for the others, Chief and we'll get right on it. Thanks, Karen

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an outstanding orgnaization that has taken the time to reach out to deployed service members. It means that world to each of us to get a box full of goodies from the home front. The support is phenomenal and it is the thoughtfulness that keeps us motivate to keep pushing through to accomplish the mission. I happened to receive a couple of boxes while deployed to Kabul Afghanistan.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Hugs Project has given me a way to personally thank the men and women who are serving our country and facing danger to make certain our country remains safe. My late friend Jim Johnson was able to have his son placed on the list of brave men who received boxes. His son shared his gifts with those who served with him. Jim was proud of his son and grateful to an organization who let us volunteer to show those serving our country our pride in them and our gratitude for them. Robert B. Weil

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thank you to the Hugs Project for ensuring that there's always someone back home who appreciates the service that we do for our country.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came to Hugs probably six years ago frustrated that I was 60 years old and felt I wasn't doing anything to be supportive of our soldiers, especially those in Iraq. Working in the midst of other concerned Americans gave me a good feeling that I was finally doing something to help. The thank you letters from the soldiers make our efforts especially worthwhile. In compiling the care packages there is work for all ages from sorting, cutting, sewing, ironing, gathering, taping, writing messages, even making games. It's a well-managed, well-organized effort that always needs helping hands and financial support for postage. It's a privilege to be associated with this group and its leaders who find the energy to keep going year after year.