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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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a Hugs Project member for more than five years. This group is unselfish in it's support of the Troops around the world. After persoanlly sending many boxes filled with cooling ties (HUGS), helmet coolers (KISSES), neck pillows, etc., the most heart warming email I received was a very sincere "Thank You" from one soldier who was grateful for a bar of soap I had sent. He had lost his soap and couldn't replace it. His note brouhgt tears to my eye. Such thanks for so little, I thought. These men and woman put their lives on the line for us. The least we can do is send them America's thanks. I support the Hugs Project and everything they do for our Troops.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

WOW!!! What to say about this awesome group of caring people? They kept me sane while my husband was deployed. I spent way too much time worrying before I started working with them. After I went to their office and worked my frst Saturday, I found myself taking work home and as I spent more time making things to send in care packages, I spent less time worrying about myself. This project's good for the troops but it's also good for the vounteers and for the military families. Way to go HUGS!!! You guys ROCK!! Jen

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family and I just volunteered for the first time a couple of weekends ago and truely enjoyed it. We spent about 5 hours with them and they are the sweetest people and they really care about what they are doing. My family and I are planning on volunteering again and making it a regular thing for us!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Hugs Project is one of the most worthwhile non profits I have found in a long time. Our men and women serving should know how much we care about them. Some of them do not have family that care or can send them things from home that remind them of the place they will be coming back to. This project does that, it makes every soldier feel like they have a piece of home right there in the horrible war conditions they are subject to. My son did a food fundraiser at his school for the HUGS and he has been there twice so far to help fill boxes. It has been a very rewarding experience for my whole family. It makes you remember who fights for the great country we live in and the freedom that is provided.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have helped at "hugs", for 5 years, can't imagine being anywhere else on Wednesdays. if you can't sew or knit,[there is always ironing!!] re-packaging items that come in plastic, or cardboard; we use thousands of ziplock bags, all sizes,,,think of new ways to make life a little easier for the TROOPS . The children love to help, whether it is tearing open boxes, or drawing pictures on boxes to be mailed.We are also there on Thursdays and Saturdays. As I have learned to say , Y'ALL COME SEE US. you will be impressed.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

For those who want to feel like their money is well spent and their time is going to a worthy cause, the HUGS Project fits the bill. First, there are no salaries or huge overhead, so I know the vast majority of any monies donated goes to the actual ministry. Second, the cause of supporting our soldiers is certainly one which I can support.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This group is one of the most together groups I have volunteered for. The Hugs Project keeps you informed what is needed, how to do it, where to send it and when they will be working on putting the donations together. I have sent many packages to names they have given me and participated in their troop projects. Their guidance is unsurpassed and I am sure the troops on the receiving end of their work would give them a thumbs up. Keep up the good work and our troops will be well taken care of. Thanks!!

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful, wonderful organization. I appreciate that my kids can actively volunteer for such a positive group! We look forward to returning many times. Thank you!

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with The Hugs Project for about 7 years. When I found out that the hugs we sew can save lives by cooling our troops during those severe summer temps that they have to serve in, I got busy, bought 100% muslin by the bolt, made myself a hug turner with the info on our website, bought pounds of water sorb crystals and sewed and sewed and sewed. I love knowing that I have done something to help those young men and women that serve our nation so well. I also write letters every week to individuals who don't get much mail. If they respond by email, and some do, I email them once a week also. But that letter goes into the mailbox every week as well. I send them crossword puzzles, word search games and Sunday comics, too. They need to feel that connection with home in the simple things and know that their service is keeping life good at home for all of us.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family, especially my daughter, helped to start this wonderful group. We sponsored the original group hug at our church, attended many of the next several and developed tools and techniques with them. My little girl has grown up presenting this project to 4-H kids, fair goers, and many other groups, meanwhile making large numbers of hugs, and sending many packages. Having been intimately involved in the early progression from idea to working group, we know exactly how much good and on how tight a budget this group can work near miracles in helping our troops! It's GREAT!!! It made my daughter and my family more caring, more sharing, and more aware. It was clear when we were on TV several times that it would be a wonderful project, but just how big it has gone is a fantastic surprise. It is terrific to look back and think about the first donation big enough to acquire water holding crystals in a 50 pound bag... big enough to make many hundred Hugs and big enough to get so many people involved. Its time to deliver more hugs to the group... and time for the weather to go higher on the thermometer than most of us will ever see it, so time to get busy again!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found The Hugs Project 5 years ago when I was looking for a way to support our troops. My son had just joined the Marines and I wanted to do something that would also help him when he deployed. I was very impressed with the group when Karen received a request from a higher-up Marine in Iraq for 10,000 Hugs and the various groups had them made and sent within 3 to 4 weeks!! Reading the "Thank yous" received makes me realize that this is something very important to our military and I am grateful to continue to be a part of it!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with The Hugs Project when my brother was deployed in 2006. He and his unit requested 1000 cool ties and recieved them that summer. I started a group in Kansas City,MO, and it has been supporting those men and women everyday since. I love the way that this group has brought support to the community, those left behind during deployment, and those that are away. I have also been thoroughly impressed with the kindness of the community and their donations during fundraiser efforts.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with the Hugs Project in OKC for 2 1/2 years and I see the wonderful response received from the military men and women who have received our care packages. It is a very worthwhile organization helping those who serve us everyday in harms way.

Comments ( 1 )

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TheHugsLady 03/19/2010

In OKC, over the past several weeks, we've been sending packages to military members serving in Haiti. Yes, they're not actually in what one would consider "in harm's way" but they did contact us because they were needing supplies. The Hugs Project has never said "no" to a troop in need. Thanks for your review and especially for your HUGe heart for our brave troops. K@ren

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Hugs Project is truly an amazing selfless organization that functions solely to support and serve our military who are serving in harms way! This group of volunteer men and women throughout our nation sacrifice their time and resources to send letters and packages from home to our service men and women, and I am deeply honored and proud to be a small part of it. The leadership of the group stretches every donated dollar for its maximum benefit on behalf of the military. They are also incredibly protective of the security of the names of our servicemen & women. It is truly an organization to be commended to the highest for its purpose and mission!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am extremely impressed at the dedication of all the volunteers with this project to support our troops. The founders and volunteers work tirelessly to find needed funding and new ideas for items that will make our troops lives a little easier. I coordinated our staff Day of Service Project and everyone came away with a sense of pride that we could contribute to such a worthy cause.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Hugs project is an awesome prgram. It provides a valuable service to members of the military in harms way. I enjoy being a part of this organization as a volunteer and feel I could never do as much as they have done.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had been a member of the HUGS PROJECT since 2004 after reading an article in our local paper. My husband is a Viet Nam vet and I wanted a way to help our young men and women in the military. Even though I have never met the "hugs" members in person, I feel like I've known them forever. We are all supportive of each other in various endeavors. It's the best group on the Internet with the biggest heart for our troops.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined this group and many others to support my Soldier. Evan is just back from Afghanistan. The wonderful folks at the Hugs Project sent him several care packages during his year of deployment. They also inspired me to work with a group of friends to make Hugs and send them to Evan's unit to help keep them cool over there!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had been a member of other groups helping our troops, but stayed the longest the HUGS PROJECT since 2006. The people in this group have the biggest hearts for our troops and all is given in a great grass roots effort. Ideas fly from one end of the country to the other to help everyone with any ongoing project. We support each others sons, daughters, wives, husbands and complete strangers. The energy these people generate is fantastic. Groups of various sizes connected with the HUGS PROJECT are all over the country of varying degrees of members, all with the same effort of helping and letting our troops know we are here for them. The largest pitfall is obtaining money for postage, whether with the group or individually. The thank you notes we receive usually brings a lump to the throat, and many tears. Tears of joy knowing we will never forget our troops. I remember the returning Viet Nam troops, and I will never let that happen again. Our troops have our backs. The least we can do is give them a 'hug' and let them know we are here for them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined The Hugs Project in 2006 and am now president of the Elkhart, IN chapter. I've organized our groups here, made hugs, knit wool items for winter, bought care package items, helped with fund raisers and anything else I can to grow THP in our area. It is a wonderful organization and I've been blessed to be part of it.