I was in Iraq and received packages from the Hugs Project from all over the USA. It was very special to see how many people really do care about us over there. It made me feel good for days after opening a box.
Dear Oklahoma City Hugs Project, I am Lt Col C. Todd Prejean, Commander of the 441st Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron currently deployed in Afghanistan. I just wanted to take the time to write a quick thank you note for the care packages that we received from your organization. I am unable to put into words the gratitude that we feel as a result of your selfless and patriotic gesture of goodwill. This is especially true during the holiday season where all my troops are far away from their loved ones. As you might imagine that are many needs to be filled in Afghanistan. Because we fly re-supply helicopters and the unforgiving terrain of Afghanistan, we are the only link to food supplies for many people. I would also like to tell you that some of the things you guys sent are being given to the Afghan children. Few Americans can comprehend the hardships and poverty some of these children in remote areas face. I did not think you would mind considering there is nothing more American than helping less fortunate people out. I wish I could explain to you the impact you have had on my unit as well as many Afghan locals. It is people like you that make America great. God Bless and Merry Christmas!
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.