Care Package for a Soldier

soldier-and-child-1550984So do we all realize that there are actually still soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq? I’m terrible and keep forgetting this fact – and yeah, there’s actually over 10,000 in Afghanistan alone. Whoa. Bananas. The crazy thing is, it’s way harder for them to get stuff NOW because the stores aren’t being restocked. This is a fantastic way to show support for our troops, so if you love a soldier, lend a hand! How can you do this? We’ve got all of the deets below…

OrganizationThe Hugs Project

The Low-Down:

The Hugs Project was started in June 2004 by Ray and Karen Stark in Edmond, OK as a labor of love. They wanted to make sure every American service member knows they are loved and appreciated by those who remain at home enjoying the freedom they provide.

Our troops work hard every day and when they finally get a break and can receive mail from home, we want them to find care packages overflowing with snacks, hygiene items, DVD’s and CD’s, Oreos, socks and other much needed items. Most of all, we want them to experience the love we’ll be tucking inside, along with cooling ties and other items that remind them someone cares.

The Deets:

Grab some of the below items, stick them in a box, and mail them off. The Hugs Project will take care of getting them overseas.

  • Canned food – fruit and soup
  • Hygiene Items – Deodorant, 3 blade razors, small bottles of shampoo and body wash, packages of Baby Wipes, toothpaste
  • Individual packets of powdered drink
  • Band Aids
  • Fingernail clippers
  • Nuts
  • Socks
  • Handmade Christmas ornaments and Christmas stockings (we need 1,000 of each for Christmas boxes – we collect these year round)
  • Small sewing kits
  • Snack crackers
  • Peanut Butter (small plastic jars)
  • Microwave Popcorn

Mail them off to:

The Hugs Project
720 W. Wilshire, Suite 105
Oklahoma City, OK 73116

You can also have this – and any donation – given directly to support soldiers suffering from PTSD.

If you would like your donation to help heal Oklahoma’s injured troops and veterans, please designate Patriot Clinics in the memo line.

Want more info? Call Karen at Karen’s Phone #: 405-651-8359 (evening and weekend calls only, please).

Head over to our Giving Cards and include one in your package to make a personal connection on our Aina Connections Wall!


Mamas Aina

Carmen & Kristin

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