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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

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been connected to The Hugs Project since 2004. Everyone volunteers and not penny is spent on anything but items for the troops and postage. The Oklahoma group is so very organized and energized to provide comfort for out military men and women. Scattered across the United States are several smaller groups and individuals making cool ties, travel pillows, quilts and other items to send to our troops. The Hugs Project is by far the best support group there is.

1 Helen16

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Simply STELLAR!!!

This group of patriotic folks work without pay to make sure our military's needs are met. They improve morale regardless of what state or branch the young man or woman is from or with. Kudos to The Hugs Project,

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son and his whole bunch of battle buddies knew someone back home cared because of the wonderful volunteers at The Hugs Project. None of them get paid to do what they do, they just want our troops to be well taken care of and to feel loved. How can it get any better? It can't. Thank you all.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful group that's very caring and has lots of love for soldiers!

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!!

2 Linda192

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

HUGS is AWESOME!!!! My youngest son was deployed and I signed him and a few of his buddies up to receive Care Packages. When the packages arrived my son says that everyone gathered around their beds to see what they'd received. They'd grab something out of it and place the rest in the common areas to be shared.
One young man had no family to support him and my son said he actually had tears in his eyes as he opened his first package. The young man said that receiving that package let him know that there were people who cared if he were lonely, lost, and scared. He says that his box contained a letter thanking him for his service, praising him for being man enough to make the sacrifices he was making, and sending him prayers. He allowed everyone to read it then, he folded it up and put it in a safe place. To this day, he carried it around in his wallet. It's faded and warn from him rereading it so often but his hands still shake when he shows it to people.
But, HUGS didn't stop there. They didn't just "adopt" my son and his buddies, they adopted me as well. Without their love and support I would never have made it through my sons deployment. Mary and Karen checked up on me all the time, asked about my son and his buddies, and they listened to a mother's fears for her child. Without them, I would have never made it through the longest 12 months of my life with my sanity intact.
I can't thank HUGS enough for supporting my son, his buddies, and myself during that deployment. Your support made the sacrifices those young men and women made easier and less lonely, and helped ease my fears. Please keep up the good work!!! What you do touches the lives and hearts of many. THANK YOU!!!! And God Bless you all.

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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.

david17

Donor

Rating: 5

The HUGS Project provides a service to our fighting men that can't always be known to those within the program and those that receive the packages. I provide dollars and goods to the project and I know that when a soldier receives a package his/her heart and spirit is raised to a new level.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

HUGS is the best that I have seen for a nonprofit org doing service for our troops. The greatest thing I personaaly admire is that when one submits a soldiers name they ship a package. The next best is the receivers are so proud to receive not only the goodies but also the personal items. HUGS could not do it a\ny better.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It is with great pleasure that write this here. A little background first. In my own experience, I have been in both Iraq and Afghanistan (twice each), and while in Afghanistan I had the privilege to be involved in not one but two missions with my own son. I have had two nephews who have served in Iraq as well. What I am getting at is this, I know what our "kids" are going through, been there done that with them. And back in April I had the opportunity to meet and get to know some great members of this group, Karen and Ray, and to find out first hand the great job they and all the HUGS members do, all without pay, to help our troops in harms way. And most times paying for the items they make with their own funds. They do not just care, they really care, very deeply. If you have been seeking a group to join or donate to, my money is on the Hugs Project.

Gra C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

So nice to know that when your son is far from home someone wants to send him a hug.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My nephew deployed for his third tour. The first two years, I was able to send him packages. This time I could not. Thankfully, I met someone who is actively involved in HUGS. I gave her the APO address, and packages have been going to Jason and his troops ever since. I am so thankful. THEY are even more thankful. This organization is a true blessing.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our daughter is in Afghanistan and their Unit has been put in a camp with the Nato soldiers away from the other Americans. She and the other members of the Unit have received boxes of goods from your organization. The receipt was completely unexpected, a wonderful suprise and spirit lifting for them all. The smallest package or card received by a soldier helps them make it though the day and lets them know they are not forgotten. Please keep up the good deed. Our soldiers look forward to it and depend on it.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I met Karen at the Miami Airport in Dec. and was blown away at her dedication and support she gives to our troops!!!This project (and Karen) are a blessing to the troops and to all of us who are being helped by our troops putting their lives on the line for our Freedom!!! God Bless Karen and the Hugs Project!!!!

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have Volunteered a few hours here & there to help the HUGS Project, but its been awhile since I've been able to make time to assist these awesome people who pour their lives into providing real essentials wih a healthy dose of home (the great USA) and love into boxes shipped across the miles to our men and women serving and sacrificing their very lives for our freedom. That's why I've marked my role as a general member of the public; I don't feel like I deserve to be in the same category as those who volunteer on a regular basis week after week, day after day to provide this remarkable service that they provide.

It's an honor for me to say that I've even been a part of this great organization & to have known Ray & Karen Stark. They definitely deserve this $5000 award and will put it to good use paying for shipping these donations to the wonderful men and women of our US armed services.

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

With so many of our armed forces in harms way, it is so good to know that with the HUGS project, they are not forgotten. HUGS truly cares about our military and their need to be taken care of by the rest of us.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I visited the website to submit my sons name for a care package and I also visited the location in Crossroads Mall. I found a multitude of items being boxed for shipment. I was in awe of the community outpouring for this project. When it's that one soldier or airman, sailor or marine who doesn't have much family and no one really writes, receives a package. What a big surprise, someone cares, someone knows I am here and appreciates what I am doing for "Our Country". It's not what is in the package so much as the "HUG" it gives that service member.
Thank You HUGS Project INC.

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hugs Project is a great way to show Servicemembers that their service is appreciated. My thanks for Hugs Project for all their support to our Servicemembers serving in today's global contingency operations!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I feel The Hugs Project is a great charity. Not only do my parents devote numerous hours cutting the material for the hugs and spending time at the center volunteering, my daughters are also very involved. The ask, beg, plead to go out there to help. It is very rewarding as a parent to have children who want to spend time on spring break, christmas break or during the summer help a worth while project. My youngest has even invited a friend to go with here and see what it is like. Both of my girls were given a monetary gift about 6 months ago. Both of them came to me asking if they could give a portion of it to HUGS.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am so impressed with the work this group has done and is continuing to do for our military. As the mom of a soldier who has been deployed for almost a year, receiving care packages are a welcomed and treasured event. They are a connection from home and something that everyone looks forward to. Thank you to all who have had their loving hands involved in taking care of these courageous young men and women.

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Hugs Project is a consistent and wonderful project that supports our troops. The people that work with the project are to be commended for their big hearts and hard work.

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Hugs Group is a wonderful organization. I wish I could do more monetarily to help them out for all that they do. My son is deployed to Afghanistan at this time and I know how important it is when these men receive packages and items to help make it more comfortable for them. I am hoping when I finish school and am in a better financial situation to be able to make a contribution for them. Thank you Hugs for all your do for our Men and Women!