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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

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 Diana92

Donor

Rating: 5

The Hugs Project is a truly unique nonprofit, benefitting troops and their families and also volunteers who become friends through working with this group. There are no words for those who lead this nonprofit, for their dedication and loyalty to the troops, and their willingness to donate time, time, and more time. Oklahoma City is a better place because of The Hugs Project.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Hugs Project is a super non-profit with a great, dedicated group of volunteers. I am so proud to have The Hugs Project as a local group to which we can donate. What a special service this organization offers to our troops and veterans.

3 Debra N.

Donor

Rating: 5

I personally know The Hugs Project and what they do for our military men and women. My Mom and I have donated food items and fabric and sewn for The Hugs Project for our men and women. This organization LOVES our military and goes above and beyond. I will continue to do whatever I can to support them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of The Hugs Project Oklahoma City for the past few years. Due to health problems, I have not been able to participate except through donations of fabric to make Cool Ties (Hugs) and other items to put in the Care Packages to send to our Military men and women. When I had family members serving overseas, The Hugs Project made sure they received a Care Package. They work very hard and are very dedicated to our Military men and women.

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3 Jennifer539

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I donated 144 baseballs to the Hugs Project a couple of years ago - it was great! They tucked one in each of 144 care packages going to Iraq and Afghanistan. We were so glad to be able to help.

3 dr-billye

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been supporting the Hugs Project for many years. I love the fact that supporting our troops with care packages is a priority, as well as supporting those troops who have returned home and need help with PTSD (The Hugs Project provides the oxygen for The Patriot Clinics.). Knowing that my donations are being used so wisely makes giving easy!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Hugs Project is a 100% volunteer organization sending care packages to our beloved troops. No one takes a salary at The Hugs Project, which sends about 100 packages a week and over 5,000 at Christmas. Each box contains "hugs," cooling neckties, which are hand made (over 1 million have been sent so far) and many items which are hard for our troops to get. Our troops deserve the thanks of a grateful nation, and The Hugs Project is trying to show our soldiers just how important they are to our freedom!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I played in a golf tournament yesterday and our foursome was given the opportunity to make a donation to HUGS. Without hesitation, we kicked in $200. With a son flying an F-16 in the USAF, I look at all the men and women who serve as family. This is a small price to pay for the sacrifices these warriors make. Thank you HUGS.

1 Paula32

Donor

Rating: 5

This is the best organization that I have worked with because the volunteers are so dedicated towards their cause. I don't think any money goes to "administrative costs" because all the volunteers reach deep into their pockets to pay for their high costs. The military are experiencing reduced supplies and they really deserve so very much. I pray for the service members who are so appreciative of their Hugs boxes and I hope they return safe. I am very grateful to the Hugs group for what they do.

1 Kelli K.

Donor

Rating: 5

I learned about The Hugs Project years ago online. I've done what I can to support through fabric donations and money when I can. This year I had a high school classmate deployed overseas. I sent this group of people the name and address for my friend. Before I could blink they sent him a care package. My friend was touched by the kindness of strangers. I can't speak highly enough of The Hugs Project!

pattihms

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I have assisted The Hugs Project for four or five years by supplying needed supplies and when health permits, working at their facility. They touch so many soldiers lives with the work they do and it is staffed entirely by volunteers. We heartily recommend this group as a very worth while organization.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I heard about The Hugs Project accidently and filled out a form for my nephew who was stationed in Iraq at the time. He received a package and was very excited to share it with his fellow squad. The contents of the package was just what he needed at the time;kool aid powders to put in their thermos was a great addition. The beef jerky,cd's flashlight and more goodies to eat. Thank you so very much The Hugs Project.

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.

2 Anita M.

Donor

Rating: 5

I support The Hugs Project because I support our troops. Hugs people do a great job of boosting their morale. My son's in the military and has received care packages from the group. It has meant a lot to him that someone cared enough to make or gather so many thoughtful items and send as a gift from home.

Several handmade items are adapted to fit the special circumstances of combat troops. For example, board games are made of fabric to be light and easily transported. The cooling neckties make life a little more bearable in the desert, and they have been known to actually save lives.

Just a great organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

I cannot thank The Hugs Project enough for all they do for our Troops! They are right there supporting every request they receive of a need for our Troops. I have submitted several names to them of friends in Iraq to include for my sister and The Hugs Project put them on their care package mailing list and sent them wonderful, wonderful packages! They cannot do enough for our Troops no matter what! It's not a job to them, it's Tender Loving Care for those we love who are in harm's way! I salute The Hugs Project!

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Hugs Project provides such needed supplies to our troops overseas but they provide much more than that. They send a message to our troops that we support them and recognize their sacrifices and efforts. The soldiers leave their loved ones, their homes and sometimes their jobs to fight for what we believe in. They need to know we care. I began supporting this project because my husband's son was killed in Iraq and we wanted the troops to know that people here understand their sacrifice, sometimes with their life.

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Maria W.

Donor

Rating: 5

I donate to this program because the money goes where they say it does. I have been there once and witnessed the dedication of the volunteers. Their untiring devotion to our servicemen and women serving in harms way is amazing. Then my son was deployed, they sent him a care package to share with his unit. Upon my son's second deployment the first thing he asked for was some hugs for his men. They provide much needed relief in a serious area of the world. Then when my son's unit was hit with several injuries, they sent another package with some cheer items. These men and women serve our military in a great unselfish act of kindness providing needed relief from the heat and a taste of home which keeps their moral up, which is vital to their survival.

Review from Guidestar

5

Donor

Rating: 5

These are some of the most dedicated people I have ever met. They go full tilt almost all the time to make sure that their mission to support our troops is carried out. Sometime I have wondered if the Starks and their workers ever sleep. Still, when you visit their 'command post' at Crossroads Mall, everyone is so pleasant and helpful and besides the cool tie (HUGS) and goodies they put in those boxes, you can always get the other kind of HUGS too. This is just a great group working hard for a great cause! Jingles

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Donor

Rating: 5

My late wife, Marlene, heard about The Hugs Project and quickly immersed herself in creating HUGS neck coolers and other useful articles. She worked by herself in Tulsa, buying all the needed materials in bulk and every month or two, we would jointly pack and ship boxes to our valiant and dedicated troops overseas. Being a Vietnam Vet, I wanted to help and Marlene had incredible talents - so we made a good volunteer group!! We got addresses from Karen and occassionally received warm thank you notes from serviceman. One I got 2 weeks after her untimely death. Shortly thereafter I was able to give all the supplies Marlene had accumulated for future HUGS shipments, also had a garage sale and donated the funds to HUGS. It is an awesome group with tiny overhead and lots of dedicated volunteers.

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Donor

Rating: 5

It has been my privilege to participate in my small way sewing "HUGS" for The Hugs Project. It amazes me that what started as basically a "one woman show" (Karen Stark) now has over 2000 members nationwide and serves troops all over the world.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I had been looking for a way to support the troops since my husband, who had been in Viet Nam, came home. I drove to Tacoma, WA, to keep him from experiencing the jeers and taunts of the crowds at the air field. I googled and found "cool ties" and The Hugs Project came up. I knew that was the way!! I thank the Lord each day for what we can do to keep the troops safe from Heat Stroke and send our love to them in Care packages.