The Hugs Project - Sending Christmas Care Packages to Serving Troops
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (KOKH) In 2004, Oklahoma residents Ray and Karen Stark started The Hugs Project, an organization that would send cool ties (affectionately nicknamed “hugs” since they go around the neck) to Soldiers serving in the Middle East. The "hugs" would wrap around troop's neck and help keep them cool in the miserably hot desert heat. The Hugs Project looked at the labor of love as a way of saying, “Thank you, we respect you and appreciate everything you do for our Country. Thanks for protecting our freedoms”.
Today, The Hugs Project has members in every state and 58 foreign countries and groups from Atlanta, GA to Sacramento, CA with more cities have groups forming.
To date, the group has sent out over 2 1/2 MILLION “hugs”, 800,000 “kisses” (helmet coolers), and more than 3,000 TONS of care package items and are committed to improving quality of life for our dedicated U.S. Military troops.
With the holidays nearing, the group goes the extra mile in sending a little Oklahoma love to our serving troops. It takes a team of volunteers of all ages to get trucks loaded and packages on the way to the serving military. The Hugs Project relies on volunteers and donations to help those who are keeping our freedom.
For more information and to donate, visit The Hugs Project's website at www.thehugsproject.com