The HUGS Project of Elkhart

Our Troops Say

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"...from the bottom of my heart.. "


I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the love and support you have showed to my Marines with the sending of your care package. We appreciate everything you have done for us.

Very Respectfully,
Sgt. Donovan R

"The weather is getting cooler—it’s now in the 90’s!! "

Hugs for Troops

Dear Sir or Madam,

Greetings from sunny Afghanistan! The weather is getting cooler—it’s now in the 90’s!! Some of us are getting ready to return home, as well. I am one of those. My replacement will be Ch. Chris W..

Thank you so much for your support during my six months in Afghanistan. You have helped a tremendous amount of Airmen feel at home while far away from home!

I have enclosed some pictures of some of our volunteers and some of the 139 boxes we’ve received over the last two months! Thank you so much for all that you sent to our Airmen here at Kandahar. We have upwards of 50+ Airmen of all ranks come through The Loft to take advantage of the bits of home that you have sent for their use. The Loft is a place of relaxing, friending, sharing, and being, and that is in large part due to YOUR efforts!

Thank you again for your dedication, hard work, and generosity.

God bless,


"It means a lot to me and my unit."

Hello Mrs. Murphy and everyone from The Hugs Project,

I got the letter from Mrs. Murphy and also the one with everyone signatures. I first want to say thank you for everyone that helped in making these care packages and sending them to us It means a lot to me and my unit.
Secondly I'd like to personally respond to Mrs. Murphy's letter:
I am Specialist Fredrick C. from Task Force Hellhound. I am 27 years old and am currently in my 3rd year serving in the Army. I have been married for a year and a half and I have a doggy at home too! I miss them a lot!
Winter is almost upon us; how is Indiana during the winter time? Our home base is in Clarksville, Tennessee, it snows there once it starts hitting late December and January. I was raised in Miami, Florida so as you can guess I hate the cold! But with that being said I'm not immune to the heat, and over here in Kuwait it is soooooo HOT; it's like 110~ degrees in the daytime. It's pretty dreadful. But that's basically the only negative here. This base is actually very nice and tries its best to cater to us to make us as comfortable as possible; and since it's not in a current combat zone we can freely wear civilian clothing when we are off duty. There's a bunch of reserves(from all the branches) and National Guard here actually! That's crazy how most of your family has served! That's incredible. I'm actually the first one in my family that's served in the United States military. My father and uncle were forced to serve in the Military back in Cuba so I'm not sure that counts since they don't give you a choice.
My brother is a contract nurse so he travels all over the United States to different hospitals for half a year then moves on or extends his contract.
That's so funny that your granddaughter wants to play darts because at our workplace we have a dart board too! That's all we play here in our free time. I'm not very good at it though xD.
Thank you all so much for your letters and sending the care packages. Mrs. Murphy's letter was the only personalized letter I found. I hope I didn't miss any other ones.

We feel so blessed

Amazing volunteers,

Thank you so much for the care packages. We love getting them out to the troops.
We feel so blessed. Thanks for the Roman Studies, they will be used.
In His Grip,
CH (MAJ)Steven L P.

"... thank you for the care packages..."

Whom it may concern,

I just wanted to say thank you for the care packages with snacks and games. My
soldiers and I have already enjoyed both. Thank you again and God Bless. David
Thank you so much from all of us here! Maj Tom

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