First let us wish everyone a good beginning to the winter holiday season, Happy Hanukkah and the Merriest Christmas and of course….all the best in the New Year 2014….
Thank you for coming here to see how you can share a bit of your heart and say thanks to our men and women in uniform and their families … Everyone seems to think everyone else is supporting our men and women deployed and wounded and the sad fact is, support is at an all time low..We know. We have been helping heroes at Homefront Hugs for 12 years.
So many millions support our troops with words, but millions fewer with actions…even the smallest of actions. At Homefront Hugs we give you every way possible to help and say thanks anytime of year from the comfort of your home. We challenge anyone to say there is not a place for them here at Homefront Hugs because everyone can help and everyone is needed. And so much of it costs only your time…sometimes less than 5 minutes just sharing our needs and ways to help or writing a letter to a serviceman or woman.
Support is needed . Morale is low. If you see a soldier or a veteran stateside helping anyone, offer a sandwich or a drink and please thank them. Let them know ( and our 1st responders) how appreciated they are. Our troops are helping with hurricanes, tornadoes, and anywhere they are needed . Our troops serve here keeping us safe and overseas wherever they are sent to help other countries and peoples who do not have the same freedoms we have. Our troops sacrifice so much daily as do their brave families – so often separated because of their job. We owe them our thanks and respect. We also give countless ways for children to begun giving back because we believe it begins with our youngest generation and helps our kids become amazing adults one day who understand we are one world and one humanity…and that freedom is not free.
Our most current need is to ship our monthly care packages ( 60-80 per month) to our wounded and deployed heroes wherever they are healing or stationed. Their needs are small but critical and we add cards from you and messages as well as stress relief items to feel like a real hug from all of us.Please remember your donation is NOT tax deductible as we are an all volunteer community organization. If you only want to help if you can deduct this from your taxes, we suggest Fisher House, the USO or UNICEF or the Red Cross.
Here, at Homefront Hugs, we remind veterans they are not forgotten. At Homefront Hugs, we send care packages out every month including preparing them for shipping, shopping for supplies requested and morale lifting items, and postage… if you can help us, our troops thank you. We send to both our wounded in over 8 hospitals and our deployed heroes wherever they serve mainly to Afghanistan now.
Please help us if you can no matter how small the amount especially now for our holiday missions through the end of the year.
We also need to get almost 100 troops waiting for support adopted. This support is necessary in the area of prevention…preventing low morale ….as morale is critical for our deployed servicemen and women. Adopting a soldier can help prevent PTSD, depression and isolation.
” There is no better feeling than hearing your name called during mail call when you’ve had a tough day or are just missing home – thank you Homefront Hugs “, one soldier shared with us.
If you go to our CARE PACKAGES page you will see how one can adopt a hero quickly and easily from home. Think about it. Let others know of the need. But please do something.
One forgotten soldier is one too many.
TRAGIC FACT: Every 80 minutes, a veteran, including our active duty members, commits suicide.
We have received more than a few emails from troops who are down and sharing that their battle buddies are too with the recent attacks resulting in deaths and many critically wounded overseas.
How we began….
On 9-11, it was our 12 year anniversary as the Homefront Hugs concept was born on 9-11. We officially began on 10-11-2001 in honor of US Air Force veteran and pilot Steve Schmidt of Charlevoix,Michigan. He served our country in the first Gulf War when the support was not what it should have been for him or his USAF family. His dedication and ability to perservere with the best attitude and smile through the toughest times makes him the epitome of a true warrior and hero. Despite challenges in life, Steve became a dedicated Delta Airlines pilot who never forgot his humble American Indian roots and small but sparkling town of Charlevoix thanks to a kind,strong and intelligent mother, Claire, may she rest in peace.
Charlevoix’s quiet beauty, amazing lake sunsets and American Indian heritage along Lake Michigan is one of those towns that belongs on everyone’s bucket list.
WHAT WE ALWAYS NEED AT HOMEFRONT HUGS IS YOU. We know after 3 to 6 deployments, morale can get very low and the ones who are left there to serve, have tough assignments in the middle of nowhere in the harsh winters of Afghanistan. Our wounded in over 8 critical hospitals the media do not visit, also need us as they too are stuck sometimes far away from families as they just begin to heal physically and mentally. Morale is key as Operation Enduring Freedom continues. Thousands of troops have deployed for at least 6 months and 1 year tours of duty and many signed up with us for support as well as families who need moral support while their hero heals or is deployed again and again.
We have heroes waiting to be individually adopted as they just deployed …
Please consider adopting a soldier for a 6 month minimum and having an amazing experience and building that karma.
To adopt a soldier, please fill out this form below FIRST, then take a photo of your application or scan it into an email, or put all the answers in an email and send it to Adoptions@HomefrontHugs.org or send it to the address on the bottom of the form. Please thank our troops with us! The need is urgent and if you cannot do this now,then please help us reach out to media of all kinds to spread the need so NO hero is forgotten this summer season.
It’s inexpensive, cheap, takes 2 hours tops every month ( and that includes going to the post office to mail your small package- always US postage funds) total to volunteer and will be a rewarding experience for you and/or your family.
We wish all our awesome kids,teens and college students a great holiday season…We love our students who volunteer from home and many who even make Homefront Hugs their Tzedakah projectfor Bar Mitzvahs or count those volunteer hours for jobs and college…as we do write references after 6 months of volunteering…Mom,Dad or teachers just have to verify you did the volunteer hours.
We welcome homemade cards from children and citizens anytime for our wounded and deployed heroes. The price of cards is so high and we prefer your words say more than the cards. Please do not just sign them. If you can add humor or a little prayer or photo, it makes the cards so much more like a hug from home ! Right now our mailbox is completely empty even with thousands of followers on social media. We cannot explain why but we need you. Sit down and write a note to a wounded hero or deployed soldier. Make it feel like a real hug from home. For more ideas on how to or what to include in your note, see our Care Packages page where we list them or for Kids…our Kids and Teen Page.
Send your thanks to:
1850 Brookfield Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Homefront Balloon Hugs makes a difference for our troops and Afghan children who need their help
Homefront Balloon Hugs and more
Morale is low over in the sandbox and mountains of Afghanistan.
Our troops spend so much time trying to find common bonds with their Afghan villages and families…many of them children. They have asked us for the following items to help them break the ice and bring a smile to the children caught up in the middle of the war:
Precious Angels wait for a Hero to Pump up their Soccer Ball
Sports Illustrated, Rolling Stone, Mens Health, Self, Cosmopolitan, National Geographic, People, Maxim, Parenting, Family Circle, Real Simple, Cesars Way, Dog Sport, Car and Driver, Cat Fancy, Field and Stream, Hot Rod,
Road and Track, Nascar Illustrated, Motorcyclist, Bow Hunter, Hot Bike,
Time, Flying, Plane and Pilot, Air and Space , Country Gardens, Essence, Newsweek, US News, Latina
Homefront Hugs USA
1850 Brookfield Drive
Ann Arbor,MI 48103
THANK YOU FRIENDS as our heroes need us more than ever
giving their all for our safety and freedoms.
Feel free to use the PSA announcement below and any of our photos to help spread the needs especially as we need troops adopted so urgently.
PSA ANNOUNCEMENT FOR MEDIA:
Our deployed troops and their brave military families need us more than ever as the war continues in Afghanistan especially with the upcoming winter season. BE A HERO, ADOPT A HERO(TM) through Homefront Hugs dot orgor email Adoptions@HomefrontHugs.orgas hundreds hope and wait to be adopted who don’t have any support. Your country needs you.
Please please help us make sure NO HERO IS FORGOTTEN. Have the Merriest of Holidays.
Santa thanks you for remembering our military kids and families and our troops healing in hospitals and deployed !! He is really grateful you have decided to help him with his huge load especially as Santa knows too we are a volunteer organization and no one makes a penny here.
THANKS TO ALL OUR AMAZING VOLUNTEERS young and old across the nation and the world !!
HAVE A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY SEASON, the HAPPIEST OF HANUKKAHS
and the MERRIEST OF CHRISTMASES…and all the best in the New Year 2014 !!