Hugs Project Incorporated
720 W. Wilshire
Suite 105
Oklahoma City OK 73116
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
The Hugs Project
Hugs Project
Mission Statement

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.

As this war has continued for over 13 years, we hear from more and more troops that they are now getting less and less support. They express concerns that "America has forgotten us". We tell them, "We're here for you as long as you're there for us".

Many of our members remember the damage done to troops during the Vietnam era when our troops felt their country turned on them. We are determined this will NOT happen to this generation of brave, young American Military members!

Contact Information
Contact Name Karen Stark
Contact email TheHugsProject_OKC@cox.net
Address 720 W. Wilshire
Suite 105
Oklahoma City, OK 73116
Phone (405) 651-8359
Fax 405-844-8359
County Oklahoma County
Alternate Phone 405 844-8359
How to Give
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer

We welcome volunteers to visit us any W or Th from 10-3. We write letters, break down product, sign cards, sew cooling ties (other jobs available to help make hugs too, you don't HAVE to sew), pack care packages, make Christmas ornaments and stockings (you can do these at home and bring in) and make survival bracelets. We always need money. Our postage costs about $1,500-$2,000 each month. You can send a check, donate fabric or yarn. We also like to do events if someone can donate table space, we set up a display to explain what we do to benefit troops. We can also show a care package and what goes inside. At events, we are given names of deployed troops and donations to help us continue this project. If given a name and address, we can get a box of supplies out to that troop within 1-2 weeks. We love our troops and respect them for providing our freedoms. If you have a loved one currently deployed “in harm’s way” who you would like to receive a care package, please send their info including birthdate (month and day), living conditions, special requests and approximate mail cut off date.We'd be honored to let them know Americans/Oklahomans care.We want every deployed troop & American civilian to know we support their mission to protect our freedoms and to provide freedom to the people of the Middle East. This is our way of saying "Thank you, we appreciate you for the difficult job you do ".

Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $500,000.00
Projected Expenses $500,000.00
History and Background
Former Names
NameYear
n/a
Supported Organization The Hugs Project
Year Founded 2004
IRS Ruling Year 2005
State Registration Expiration Mar 2014
Statements
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.

As this war has continued for over 13 years, we hear from more and more troops that they are now getting less and less support. They express concerns that "America has forgotten us". We tell them, "We're here for you as long as you're there for us".

Many of our members remember the damage done to troops during the Vietnam era when our troops felt their country turned on them. We are determined this will NOT happen to this generation of brave, young American Military members!

Background
The Hugs Project was founded in June, 2004, by Ray and Karen Stark of Edmond, Oklahoma, who wanted to improve the quality of life for a few of America's Marines, including Karen's chiropractor's son then serving in Iraq.  What started as letter writing and sending a few care packages led to identifying a need for cooling ties and evolved into The Hugs Project, Incorporated in March, 2005. 
 
From June, 2004, through December, 2013, we have shipped over 694.9 TONS of items to our troops including 1,519,319 "Hugs" (cooling ties) and 248,920 "Kisses" (helmet coolers). Our “Care Packages” include many items in addition to “Hugs” and “Kisses” such as handmade neck pillows, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, foot powder, women’s personal items, socks, beef jerky, packaged tuna, dried fruit, candy, hot chocolate, etc. We also send handmade children’s hats, stuffed bears, and denim school bags with school supplies for the troops to share with the children they meet.  

During the cold months, we send warm hand knitted and crocheted items such as hats, fingerless gloves, neck warmers, and sleep boots in addition to the basics. Our Christmas boxes are the most spectacular as they include special items including individually Christmas wrapped solar powered LED flashlights, computer flash drives, disposable cameras, mini binoculars, homemade cookies and candies, handcrafted Sequence and Mancala board games, handmade Christmas stockings stuffed with goodies, etc.

Impact

In 2013, we sent 2000 Regular Weekly Care Packages and 3000 Christmas Care Packages comprising over 121.5 Tons of care package items. In addition to food and hygiene items, these included a total of 96,930 “Hugs” cooling ties, 5,845 “Kisses” cooling helmet liners, 2,817 handmade water coolers (made like the cooling ties but hold 3 bottles of drinking water to make it more palatable in 120 degree temperatures!), 5,848 knitted wool hats, 496 knitted blankets, 747 knitted fingerless gloves, 800 helmet liners, 27,409 knitted neck pillows, 752 knitted neck warmers, 76,983 survival bracelets, 14,626 sand scarves, 1,164 knitted sleep boots,  5,485 shower bags, 7,993 knitted soap holders, 2,149 warm snuggles, 7,268 handmade Christmas stockings, 3000 solar powered LED flashlights, 7,107 knitted children’s hats, 39,739 handmade bears, 5,990 denim school bags,  7 sewing machines and 2 wheelchairs. 98% of the care packages, or approximately 4900 boxes, were sent to Afghanistan with the remaining 2%, or approximately 100 boxes, going to Iraq, Guantanamo Bay Cuba, Kurdistan, Uzbekistan, South Korea, Djibouti, Honduras, Columbia and Okinawa, Japan.

We know that we are impacting the lives of many of America's finest young men and women as evidenced by the numerous letters and emails we receive. We believe that now, having felt the love of strangers, they will come back to America and become involved with helping others through volunteer pursuits.  They may even start their own charities so that they can also help others.
Needs

We can always use donations of money, care package items and your time!  None of our donated monies ever go to pay salaries. No one involved in the Hugs Project is paid, not even our Executive Director! Everything we do is a "labor of love" to help our troops.

CEO/Executive Director Statement

We are supporting some of America's finest men and women....the US military. We welcome you to join us.

Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Throughout the United States
Internationally
We help American troops who serve in harm's way. We send cooling ties which reduce body core temps and care packages.  We also send sewing machines, wheelchairs and school supplies to be given to the locals and children in the Middle East.
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security/National Security
Tertiary Organizational Category Community Improvement, Capacity Building/Women's Service Clubs
Programs
Description In Oklahoma City, we come together two or three times per week year around for "group hugs". This is where we meet and sew head and neck coolers (affectionately nicknamed because we give our troops a "hug" around their neck and a "kiss" on their head). Hugs lower body core temperatures by 5 degrees or more and save our troops from heat stroke deaths. Others around the nation do the project individually or sometimes in groups. The Hugs Project is in every state of our nation.
Strategy
Population Served Other Named Groups
Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state. Since we began in June 2004, we've sent over 530,000 cooling ties to the troops in the Middle East.
Comments on Programs
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments To be completed later
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Karen Stark
Start Date June 2004
Email TheHugsProject@cox.net
Experience Karen is committed to improving the lives of American service members around the world. When asked if she has a loved one serving in harm's way, her reply is, "They're all over there for me".
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Ray StarkVolunteer/Husband
Staff
Number of Full-time Staff 0
Number of Part-time Staff 0
Number of Contract Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 4000
Staff Retention Rate 100
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? N/A
Management reports to board? Yes
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant No
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies and Procedures Under Development
Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Woman of WorthL'Oreal Paris2007
President’s Volunteer Service AwardPresident George W. Bush2008
Woman Making a DifferenceIntegris Health2010
Point of LightPoints of Light Institute2011
Board Chair
Name Susan Corbeil
Company Affiliation No affiliation
Term Jan 2013 to Jan 2014
Email corbeilts@yahoo.com
Board of Directors
List Current as of Jan 28, 2014
Board of Directors List
NameAffiliationStatus
Susan Corbeil Voting
Kim Griffin Voting
Dr. Billye Peterson Voting
Pam Pollard Self EmployedVoting
Karen Stark Voting
Ray Stark .Voting
Don & Jeanette (vote as one) Walkup Community VolunteersVoting
Lisa Watford Voting
Sherri Woodham RetiredVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
Other 0 Americans
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 8
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year July 01, 2013-June 30, 2014
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $500,000
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $500,000
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$482,238$515,424$151,311
Administration Expense--$6,839$1,497
Fundraising Expense----$982
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.021.101.29
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%99%98%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$150,526$141,680$94,561
Current Assets$150,526$141,680$94,561
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$1,237$2,749$6,235
Total Net Assets$149,289$138,931$88,326
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities121.6951.5415.17
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividuals $472,805Individuals $531,764Individuals $198,187
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountSpecial Events $19,526Special Events $40,855Investment Income $231
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $265Investment Income $249 --
Endowment? No
Credit Line? No
Reserve Fund? Yes
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from IRS Form 990s.
Address 720 W. Wilshire
Suite 105
Oklahoma City, OK 73116
Primary Phone 405 651-8359
CEO/Executive Director Karen Stark
Board Chair Susan Corbeil
Board Chair Company Affiliation No affiliation