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March 14, 2018




Shalom . Peace . We hope you are looking for something fun to do that also makes others feel better ! You can even come up with your own ideas here anytime while giving thanks for your freedoms ! 

Hope you are having a good beginning to 2018 and staying warm –  remember why we have our freedoms to enjoy. We wish everyone a Happy Passover and Easter almost here ! Now it’s time to help our fellow citizens and help lift spirits …there are so many ways to say thanks and give back.


Do you remember to thank our heroes when you see them ? Our troops and 1st responders love to help us anytime they can. 

We have lots of exciting new ideas for Spring 2018 if you can help us bring hugs and smiles to our troops and vets and even their brave families. You can even adopt your own hero from any religion and anyplace in the world keeping us free and safe. We also always reach out to communities that need Homefront Hugs because that is where our heroes live too and that’s how we give thanks for our freedoms .

How about doing something to give thanks for your freedoms with your teachers or clubs or even sports team? You can choose any idea that helps someone else, our environment , and even animals . We’ll share your photos here too when you do something special to make our world better in some way to help someone .
We are sad about what happened in Florida and if you want to send some Homefront Hugs to the kids there in Parkland , email us . Use any of our email links and tell us you want to help Homefront Hugs for Parkland 💙 Operation Pillow Hugs !

Your parents , teachers, our 1st responders like our firefighters, police, doctors,nurses, our FBI ,our CIA and our brave troops help keep us safe every single day just like the heroes on Valentine’s Day in Parkland, Florida . We know everyone did their best and we want to send some hugs their way ! Right now our big project is Operation Pillow Hugs for Parkland Just email to find out all about it ! It’s a great way to send a forever keepsake to students who just went through a really tough time .

At Homefront Hugs, you can thank our heroes or just give thanks for your freedoms and being safe here in the USA by helping anyone including animals too like the Humane Society . We bet many of you have pets you love . We know you have great ideas.


And parents, catch your kids being kind early to one another … teaching them empathy & how to give back in small and bigger ways … help develop the best of volunteers who value qualities of inclusion, integrity and compassion.


This starts at home in our families …and at school with teachers who care.



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Once you volunteer with us at Homefront Hugs , and receive your registered member card, you are a volunteer for life and can come back and join us anytime whenever you want to volunteer again .





This is YOUR page just for YOU to find out ways to give thanks for our freedoms, to thank our troops , veterans and families, to get support if you’re a military kid and that makes you a hero, and maybe to start a Kids or Teen Club where you live with Homefront Hugs !🇺🇸💙


You can choose any kind of volunteer project you want as long as it shows you are giving thanks for your freedoms…and welcome . YES. You get volunteer credit . We have lots of ideas but you may even have a better one and that would be awesome ! Email us with your ideas .


We do have a NATIONAL SHORTAGE of postcards,posters,handmade cards and drawings for our wounded troops and deployed heroes and we sure need them for every day and different holidays but always at least 3 weeks in advance ….or any old day to bring a smile to a soldier or a Marine or a sailor or an airman or a pilot or a Coast Guard hero – men and women who keep us safe every day .


Our troops are even there for you during storms like snowzillas/ blizzards, tornadoes,floods and hurricanes…our National Guard. You can also write our wounded troops anytime through Operation Healing Angel ! 




😊Attention :

We need some heartfelt cards or notes or drawings or posters because our mailbox is empty again! 

Pre-school teachers ? Teachers ? Parents ? Athletes ? Scouts ?  Coaches ? We also never say NO to Girl Scout cookies!😎

Our troops and wounded vets love them and we never have enough ! We pack them into care packages so they REALLY have been savored and enjoyed by our heroes these past 17 years . 


So we hope you believe us when we told you we love your artwork and creative ideas anytime! Send away! 


Our address :

Homefront Hugs

1881 West Liberty Street

Ann Arbor, MI 48103


Deadline for Get Well cards & General Support Cards & letters ? 



But can you also consider this project below :

🔹Operation Pillowcase Hugs 🔹

Do you know we also love and need hundreds of pillowcases decorated with permanent markers – messages to make our deployed troops , sick & wounded vets smile 😇 ?

And we are doing this for Parkland Florida Students too with the deadline end of March ! Join us now and start collecting white pillowcases and decorating them !

Remember what we do at Homefront Hugs Foundation : we try to make this world a gentler place together in thanks for our freedoms .

We are all in this together. Send your creative wonderful pillowcases to us with a photo and a card /letter of who made them too by March 31st ! We hope to have hundreds …as there are 3000 students there !

For more information, just email . We have gotten a great response and we can send you the flyer for the project !
Operation Pillow Hugs for Parkland is in full swing !






SPECIAL THANKS to Mrs.Vergeres’ 3rd graders of Lovettsville Elementary School in Virginia who are made a really special banner for our wounded veterans of Operation Healing Angel !

It was absolutely awesome ! Liam who helped us with this project is now in middle school and our 1st State Volunteer Representative for Kids in Virginia 😎


Meet the 1st Homefront Hugs Volunteer Club led by Founder Ed Kellermann and friends started in Gulf Breeze,Florida but continued on in Ann Arbor, Michigan . Ed ran the club two years at Pioneer High and then at Greenhills School . The students helped collect jeans for our wounded heroes, helped a WWII hero who was assaulted, deciding to give back to their community in many ways. They had a fundraiser for their local no kill animal shelter, wrote to the Newtown Sandy Hook kids, decorated some of the kids floors at C.S.Mott Childrens’ Hospital and finished a book for kids with cancer stuck in the hospital… WHY DON’T YOU START ONE IN YOUR SCHOOL?




Meet our two service dogs George and Maggie who help our founder with her disability but also work with our wounded warriors…

SPECIAL THANKS to Cub Scout Pack 594 who made 500 plus cards for our wounded warriors one holiday season ! Each card was like a drawing /and we need more ! 

Keep Smiling = the theme for the Homefront Hugs Volunteer book for Mott kids with cancer


Kimi and her awesome Homefront Hugs Volunteer Club at Huron High in Ann Arbor 5 years ago ! Kimi was our Pennsylvania rep while she attended University of Pittsburgh and her sister Amy followed her lead too . Both are on our Homefront Hugs board now .

Amy attends University of Michigan and Kimi was accepted for 2018 University of Michigan Medical School ! We are so proud of both of them . 


We have a dream…..we want to see our volunteer clubs in every school in every community and state with all ages and colleges too !

Why don’t YOU think about starting a club ? Alessandra will be here to help you through any challenges even though she is our busy CEO. Why ? She loves seeing kids and teens leading in making a difference in their world and helping to make it a gentler place and helping inspire more volunteers too ! She did that herself when she was in high school even starting the first volunteer club at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda in 1983. 

Email us at to find out how you can do this for your school or community. It’s so easy .

Hurricane Katrina Victims Get Some Homefront Lunchbox Hugs

There are so many ways to help …to volunteer from where you live . There are lots of great ways below to thank our heroes and help others !


And you can start at any age sending drawings

or photos to keep our heroes smiling !

Giving back actually makes our lives better too….

So why not choose a project this school year ?

We need your help and we even made a list !

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  • adopting a deployed hero- check out all about it on our CARE PACKAGES page 


  • We have troops who are lonely,sad and  stressed because they never get any mail.  YOU could bring a smile because they would like to be home too especially during the holidays or when they miss their kids or families or pets.  Your Homefront Hugs will make a huge difference !


  • collecting goodies for care packages like protein bars, beef jerky, baby wipes, calendars for 2018
  • Stickers and BLANK cards to send home to family and kids ! We recommend SMILEMAKERS – ask us for the special coupon code too ! 
  • Homefront Lunchbox Hugs for Kids who have been through Hurricanes …
  • Operation Pillowcase Hugs 



🔹 Make cards for kids whose Dads or Moms are far away at war and it’s not easy never knowing when they might come home . These brave military kids can always use some Homefront Hugs . 

🔹Start a Homefront Hugs Volunteer Club at your school and doing any of these projects like Jacob and Lauren Aylstock have done at Gulf Breeze High School in Florida !

🔹 Helping homeless veterans in your own community by collecting blankets, toiletries, warm clothes for winter, anything the shelter needs you wish to collect and of course making heartfelt cards too 

🔹Giving thanks for your freedoms by helping any needed community or school project

🔹Helping with natural disasters and disaster relief where our troops help too like Homefront Lunchbox Hugs or did we already mention that ? 😉

🔹visiting veterans and elderly in nursing homes and playing board games , BINGO, cards or entertaining them with a play or songs …

🔹Create a singing group or band to perform for military families or your community or your local Veterans Hospital

image🔹Helping military families with chores because their Dad or Mom is away at war or wounded, etc. ..maybe even adopting a military family from far !

🔹Helping the Humane Society

🔹Helping fight hunger in America by collecting canned food and other needs for your local food pantry 

🔹Thank a veteran in your neighborhood by helping him or her with petsitting, pet walking, bringing over a dessert or meal with some thank you notes you made with your class, club or family.

🔹Helping to clean up a park, beaches, school playgrounds from litter and even planting new plants or trees to help beautify area you just helped clean up .

🔹Making 2018 calendars …for our wounded and deployed heroes – homemade calendars are the best . Need some ideas ?


       🔸 For each month , add a photo of something that reminds you of freedom with a favorite quote

🔸 have each month be a drawing by someone in your group or class and add a funny riddle or quote

🔸 use your freedom of speech to make positive changes in your school and community as the #MSDStrong students have inspired nationwide …worldwide for safer schools ,

🔸 make each month one of your pets with a funny story & name and age of each pet

🔸 when you fill in holidays on the calendar – include your hero’s birthday if just for one person , all patriotic holidays and even some fun weird interesting anniversaries that no one usually would know.

🔸 If you have younger children – handprints and their photos with first names and adding their favorite food or activity make great calendar ideas for each of the 12 months sometimes using  2 students per month …with bigger classes

🔸 You can also use embellishments , stickers , fun ways to make the calendars shine but don’t worry about making them professional looking – handmade art work designed with real gratitude and creativity are the best Homefront Hugs 😇

🔸 Teachers – Scout Leaders – Parents – Coaches – remember to include your photo too or you with the children as our troops love to see all their fans – the whole group of Homefront Hugs Volunteers ! 😎 We still really need about 100 for 2018 ! We will accept them through March 2018.


🔹Operation Healing Angel: collecting slippers, blankets & other needs for your local Veterans hospital or one of ours we support worldwide 

🔹Helping /Mentoring disABLED kids join in sports or other activities with you .

🔹Helping homeless veterans at your local homeless shelter 

🔹Helping  Special Olympics

🔹Helping UNICEF or Special Olympics

🔹Helping the Red Cross with relief efforts at a shelter after hurricanes or other natural disasters which can include playing and reading with children, helping serve food , helping run errands or just holding the hand of a frightened and exhausted senior citizen.

🔹Adopting a military family from far to cheer them up while their Dad or Mom is away  ( do it as a group, classroom or family – we promise this is a fun project !)



Did you know? Our troops, vets and families come from all religions, politics and ways of life, all sorts of families,races, cultures, sexes, ages, disABILITIES and abilities…:)

Because they are all heroes, we support every single one of them here at Homefront Hugs !



And you know what else?

Our volunteers are all different and wonderful just like our veterans and their families who come from everywhere in the USA . 














Writing cards to a Wounded Warrior for Operation Healing Angel


HUGE HUGS AND THANKS to Fort Rucker Elementary School Students of Alabama who made the most wonderful handmade cards for heroes! WOW !




Our nurses loved their Operation Healing Angel poster from so many kids !

We would love to have more posters !

Angels like Emma in Heaven inspire us every day at Homefront Hugs

You matter and volunteers rock. Being free did not just happen easily. Our troops keep us free , and not all countries have all the freedoms we do. Being safe happens because of our family, our parents, relatives,people who love us and also our brave men and women in uniform and 1st responders. So why not join thousands of other Homefront Hugs volunteers across the country and say thanks to our brave soldiers or a 1st responder, or cheer up a wounded veteran ? Either way , thanks for wanting to help make someone smile and wanting to be a volunteer, not caring if you don’t get paid !

Remember volunteering and giving back to others in thanks for our freedoms can make us all feel better about life .

Remember you define who you are and each and every one of you is special and has a place in this world. If you see anyone being bullied, speak up and be a hero.

At Homefront Hugs, we know every child and teenager rocks no matter who they like, what they believe or don’t believe, what clothes you wear, what color your skin or hair is, what language you speak, what music you like, whether you have a Mom and Dad, just a Dad or Mom, or two Moms or two Dads raising and loving you. We even know that there are some hero grandparents out there raising some of you and that is pretty awesome.

If you see someone being harassed or bullied, speak upbecause you would want someone to do that for you too. There are lots of ways to be a hero, being a soldier and defending our country and freedoms, or sticking up for others when they are being treated with ignorance and cruelty. Being mean is a waste of time and usually the bully is the one who needs the most help and feels the most insecure.

CYBERBULLYING is a very bad choice…speak up before someone you know gets really hurt …it coud be you next time. We need to care about each other. Cowards cyberbully. And there is no war to hide even if you think you are online. Police can always trace you sooner or later. If you don’t like someone, just leave them alone. Tell a parent or a teacher. Tell an adult if you are not sure what to do. They’re not just words and it hurts.

This was the first family we ever adopted while Daddy was away at war


For our teens and college students, count those hours, as we will be happy to write you a great letter for college or jobs later if you help by being a great Homefront Hugs volunteer ! We do it all the time but you need to volunteer for 3 months minimum and have a teacher or parent verify your hours…for more info, email :


Meet Alex…he has been volunteering since age 5 and was our creative engineer . Alex is now in college and making us all extremely proud !




What’s  important is that you just remember our pledge/our oath which basically says that we are all special and worth something no matter what you believe in or who you love or what language you speak…or whether you are disabled or not….and we include everybody to help our communities and give back if we are part of Homefront Hugs Kids and Teen Volunteer Clubs. That’s a pretty easy concept but these days with bullying and prejudice still around, we want to make sure everyone gets it and we work on reaching out and getting along. Being proud of our troops and families and freedoms is just part of our Homefront Hugs Kids Clubs , the rest are values we hope you will remember for a lifetime with the help of your community leaders, teachers and parents.


If you live in Ann Arbor or close, make sure you join the University of Michigan Kids club so you can join them at the different sports events – they are so much fun and exciting to watch ! GO BLUE 

On the 10th anniversary of 9-11

On 9-11-11, we were at the Michigan Men’s Soccer Game and saluting our troops with some songs we performed with our Homefront Hugs Teen Club for middle schoolers, age 12-15 ! We wanted to thank our troops for all they have done to keep us safe the past years. Now we are in our 16th year…and wishing all these wars and conflicts were over. 


Special Note to all our TEACHERS and all Educators:

We love our teachers at Homefront Hugs ! They help mold our kids with us to become awesome caring citizens…

Please ask us for more info on how to adopt a hero with your class, or write to our wounded for Operation Healing Angel or contact us with any ideas you may have for helping or thanking our heroes.

If you are a teacher and adopt a soldier or his or her family with your class, you are only required to send ONE care package a month, but can send more if you want, of course. We have classrooms nationwide working on projects all year long. We love our teachers and you, as a teacher, can even start a Homefront Hugs Kids or Teen Club at your school. Applications for all are on our INFO/FORMS page or just

 email us at or .

  • Congrats to Pioneer Homefront Hugs Volunteer Club on their work on suicide awareness and where teens can go if depressed or just needing someone to talk to ! 

Alex and Ed getting gifts ready for needy military families in Florida in 2009. 

Thank you to all our volunteers @HomefrontHugs



PLEASE JOIN US ON FACEBOOK if you have your parents permission !

There are 2 pages : Homefront Hugs and Homefront Hugs Clubs for Kids and Teensand we are on TWITTER @HomefrontHugs.

Slauson Middle Schoolers sign a poster for wounded veterans

You can start a club at any school, Community center or place of worship…you can start them anywhere…and do the type of projects you decide on together as kids and teens with the help of supervising adults.

Use your imagination or ask us for ideas ! Our brochures and flyers have lots of ideas too !

Our troops love to help and make friends with children too


Our email?





NATIONAL SHORTAGE….our empty mailbox ! Did we already say that ?

We have a huge need for simple letters, notes, drawings from kids and teens for our wounded and our deployed veterans. We don’t care if you handwrite your note on the back of a paper bag or scrap piece of paper ! Please do not buy an expensive store bought card and sign it…make it feel like a real HOMEFRONT HUG from home.–> ie HomefrontHugs (our name ) !

We love homemade cards and letters and even posters .

We love drawings and your creativity.

So, get your stamps, glitter, stickers,markers, colored pencils,and crayons out and have some fun! Add a photo too if you can because that helps your heroes not just imagine who these kind volunteers are who wanted to share some hugs.

Send your letters,drawings or cards to :

Homefront Hugs 

1881 West Liberty St.

Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Our troops miss home and we are still at war sadly . Let’s cheer them up. And our wounded warriors need to know they are not forgotten either. We support them and their hero medical staff through Operation Healing Angel.

YES, you can put all your cards in one envelope…but please whether it is one envelope or a bunch of cards…label clearly somewhere WHO it is for...

” For a Wounded Soldier “,” For a Hero Nurse”, “For a Deployed Hero “,

“For a Hero Doctor “, ” For a Hero Medic”, ‘ For a Sick Veteran” , ” For a Hero Chaplain ” , ” For a Hero Social Worker “, ” For a Hero Therapist ” 

This saves us enormous time so we don’t have to OPEN your card and envelope . This way we know whether these go to Operation Healing Angel ( our wounded and hero staff ) or Homefront Hero Hugs (our deployed).

YES ! Add an email or an address because you may hear back but no promises… but always get permission from an adult first…maybe even add an envelope or postcard with your address on it so they really get the hint that you want to hear back !


What if I don’t make a drawing…what do I write?

It’s so much easier to just sign my name and say thanks …”

Making a Heart for Wounded Hero

tell your hero about YOU, your day, your pets, your town, your school,your favorite subject, your worst subject, how your brother or sister drives you silly…add a funny photo of you and your best buddy .

– tell him or her why you are grateful…did you ever meet a vet? Did someone in your family serve? Do you like your freedom and living in peace?

– talk about your hobbies, school, interests, the weather, share some jokes,some inspiration, a quote, a newspaper clipping, even a photo or riddles or your favorite music !

HINT: Teachers, students with parent permission, add a self-addressed postcard so they can answer you and let them know it is a big hint so you hear back because it would mean so much to you !

AND we love getting your photos of you working on these projects so please send them to us so we can post them here or email them to .


Homefront Hugs 

1881 West Liberty St.

Ann Arbor, MI 48103





A Special Mission for YOU

Whenever you see a veteran from now on, reach out your hand to shake his or her hand, look him or her in the eyes and say slowly and clearly :

” Thank you for your service “.

Say it like you mean it and don’t be surprised when you do this if you see a tear in your veteran’s eye because not many people remember to say thank you to our heroes . But as Homefront Hugs volunteers, that is what we do in thanks for our freedoms.

We never forget. Here at Homefront Hugs – we act like it’s Veterans Day every day ! 













 SHARE A HOMEFRONT HUG TODAY ! And before we forget congrats to high school senior Jacob in his 9th year of volunteering with us and selected to be our Florida Teen Rep ! Jacob worked hard last year to help our chaplains overseas and now founded a Homefront Hugs Volunteer Club at his high school in Gulf Breeze with his sister Lauren . They are working on Operation Pillow Hugs now with their entire school!


Remember you can help from wherever you live worldwide . Email us anytime with questions.

Writing our Troops

RRemember you can choose a project and get volunteer credit wherever you live – or come up with your own ! Email us with any questions :