PLEASE HELP US GET OUR CARE PACKAGES TO OUR WOUNDED AND DEPLOYED HEROES THIS HOLIDAY SEASON…time is of the essence.
We must raise funds asap for these holiday care packages….as soon as possible to have a chance of them getting to our troops on time. Our troops are making us so proud whether in the war zone, and helping in the huge disaster response with the Philippines…
To all serving, healing and who have served…you are never forgotten We hope we are able to make a small difference in your lives as you serve…
For us at Homefront Hugs USA, it’s Veterans Day every day here for the past 12 years since 9-11.
We wish you a safe and happy as possible Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwaanza and all the best in 2014.
Our Troops Depend on Our Missions especially for the holidays …any help is appreciated and you do not need a Paypal account to help . Help us make sure no hero is forgotten.
We seriously need help for postage for holiday care packages ASAP, for holiday supplies and needs, and we hope everyone will hear our call. A little goes a long way. Please share this page or link if you can:
SPECIAL THANKS TO ZINGERMANS for providing the dessert and helping at the last minute when sponsors fell through for Homefront Holiday Hugs ! If you have never been to their amazing Roadhouse, deli,bakehouse or creamery, you need to put this on your bucket list ! And if you don’t live in Ann Arbor, order like Oprah does from Zingermans.com
AND thanks to to all of you who helped make it a success for our military children in need and families ! xoxoxoxo
Thanks to Turners Greenhouse for helping decorate with their gorgeous Pointsettias . Go shopping for your Christmas trees and wreaths and any decor , right off exit 175 to the right past Meijers in Ann Arbor….!
We have heard from the commanders it is making a difference and morale is up for the troops we are helping.Please help us continue our missions. 100% goes to troop needs and no one sees your financial info here.
This was the first family we ever adopted while USMC Daddy was away at war
Yes ! You can add you own personal note to the troops when prompted after you donate if you like, as these holiday packages included to our wounded and our deployed heroes…
Thanks so much for your help as no one makes a penny here since we began 12+ yrs ago after 9-11. It is perfectly safe to donate here through the yellow Paypal donate button. We never see your financial info and you do NOT need a Paypal account to help.
We never share or see any of your personal financial information which is how we prefer it too.
We are not tax deductible because we are an all volunteer organization but we also have no overhead, and all your donations are spent 100% on troop needs and postage.
Anyone helping with any amount will be entered into our drawing for double gift cards to Amazon.com and Starbucks. Just click on the secure yellow donate button below.
Thank you from our troops and veterans who may never be able to thank you themselves, but we thank you for them. Please add a note when prompted which we will include in the holiday and Christmas care packages !
We also have heroes waiting to be individually adopted as they just deployed and
we just got NEW lists from commanders of names needing support again Winter/ Holiday Season 2013 . We have heroes from all branches and the need is great. Please consider adopting a soldier for a 6 month minimum and having an amazing experience building that good karma:)
And if you can’t , help us reach others through social media and your community and friends so we can get this need shared with all of the USA this holiday season.
They sacrifice so much…help us make sure No Hero is ForgottenTM.
Adopting a hero is one of the most rewarding experiences, and our volunteers always come back for more ! We hope you have seen our testimonials above as its own tab.
To adopt a soldier, please fill out this form below FIRST, then take a photo or scan it into an email, or send the answers to us in an email and send it to Adoptions@HomefrontHugs.org or send it to the address on the bottom of the form. You could be writing and sending some cheer in no time ! Please thank our troops with us!
FYI…it only takes 48 hours now to receive your assignment depending on how busy we are and the needs of the soldiers applying for support. We also need time to verify your information and assign based on the best match and in order of priority in terms of who applied first. Yes, you may adopt if you are not an American citizen, but a little more info is required and a copy of a photo id that shows your name and address. We also get special permission from the hero you are to be assigned. Thank you for wanting to make such a difference.
Our troops make us so proud every day...at Homefront Hugs USA
At Homefront Hugs, there are so many ways for everyone regardless of age, ability, language or religion to help from HOME, your dorm room or even your place of business….
Just take a look and join an incredible group of volunteers from all over the USA and world who realize supporting those who serve and have served without conditions,without prejudice and without politics is essential.
Operation Healing Angel Nurses
SO MANY WAYS YOU CAN HELP OUR TROOPS AND VETERANS:
(and that includes children too)
Email us at info@HomefrontHugs.orgfor general info and we will send you lots of info to include our brochures and different missions to choose to help. You can also help us by downloading the information on our Info/Forms page where we have all our applications and brochures.
BIG NEED : Adopt a Hero or a Military Family in need of a smile and a morale boost Homefront Hero Hugs. (details below)
Write a Letter/Send small items to Our Wounded Troops & Medical Staff Heroes Operation Healing Angel sent here to headquarters or you can be assigned ot one of our VA hospitals if you have a group. Click on the tab above and you can download our flyer on the Operation Healing Angel page.
SEND us sorely needed USED (any condition) iPhones, iPads, and iPods and other smartphones for our wounded warriors and families…You could even help us collect these in your community and then send them cheaply to us in a flat rate USPS box. Chargers are not needed…and screens can even be cracked…NONE have come in so far at all. This is a great volunteer project too for a teenager. ONLY 1 phone ..in 6 months ! As you upgrade or switch phones this holiday season..please think of our wounded and send your old electronics to us.
Homefront Phone Hugs
Homefront Hugs USA
1850 Brookfield Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Sign up to be a general volunteer and help in an area of your expertise from home. We always need volunteers to help make PDF flyers and forms, help update our website when needed, recruit volunteers and ask for needed donations of requested supplies- any or all of these areas. We also are looking for some IT experts anyone who knows how to make an app we could use for smartphones to serve our troops better. PASS the word and email us HomefrontHugsUSA@aol.com
Volunteer to RT (repeat our tweets) on Twitter and follow us @HomefrontHugs and be sure to add that you are a #HomefrontHugs volunteer on your profile….many of you have and we thank you !!
Please help us with office supplies this holiday :
making color copies of our brochures (100 min of each)
100 large manila and 100 large white envelopes
200 small manila envelopes
white copy paper ( any amount)
clear packing tape for our care packages
books or rolls of stamps
posterboard ( small and large white, blue, lime green, orange, pink and red)
markers permanent and poster board markers
Gift Cards to Office Max, Amazon.com. Office Depot, Walmart, CVS, Walgreens or Target gratefully accepted
Send to: Homefront Hugs USA /Attn: Kellermann/ 1850 Brookfield Drive /Ann Arbor,MI 48103
Donate safely here to our needs to help us mail holiday support to our wounded and deployed. and thank you again!
Join us on Facebook and share our posts..
Go to the FB Homefront Hugs USA page or the Homefront Hugs Kids Club page , see the photos of our missions, read and meet other volunteers. Help us gain more followers help us get more LIKES
There are many ways to help at Homefront Hugs, the main one being a volunteer from home and representing us wherever you live. This would mean just sharing our missions with others as they come up, and helping out as you feel you can in your busy life. Our troops and families need us more than ever now. We are so grateful that you came to visit even just for information. We are still at war folks, and so many have forgotten.
We leave the politics at the door and welcome anyone who wants to help no matter their age,ability,branch of service, yearsof service,religion,politics,race,sex,or way of life. We are an award winning volunteer organization because of our volunteers and we would love to have you join our Homefront Hugs family. Join us in thanking all who serve without prejudice or conditions.
The Barbee family even got to meet their adopted soldier when he came home !
A Selfridge Air Force family before Daddy deployed
HOMEFRONT HERO HUGS
To adopt a military family dealing with either a wounded hero home or deployed Mom or Dad, there is an application which explains what is expected, with at least a 6 month commitment and complete confidentiality is required at all times . Just one morale lifting care package per month is required to include any children who may be in the family. This is a wonderful gift to our serviceman or woman so that they can focus on healing or their mission in the war. Many of these heroes have submitted their families themselves and their words will remind you why it is such an honor to thank them for their sacrifices. Adopting a family can be a super family project with everyone getting involved, feeling needed, and learning to give back at even the youngest of ages.
At Homefront Hugs, getting children and our seniors involved is a vital goal supporting our inclusion and diversity philosophy. We reach out to the disabled,foster children and teens, children and adults of all religions, and do not turn anyone away who wants to give back and thank our heroes for their sacrifices. We cannot promise you a local family or one within your state but we can try.
To adopt a hero, is so easy and rewarding too…!
This mission also requires at least a 6 month commitment and the utmost confidentiality as we are at war. Our heroes fill out applications and tell us a little about themselves if we are lucky, and we have many ideas as well to help you fill those care packages. You will smile when you read some of their answers as you get your very own hero anxiously hoping he or she might be adopted.
Two care packages are required a month of any size, even a large envelope with a magazine.some gum and a letter qualifies. The letter is the most important part, sending a what feels like a hug from home.
You can also have others donate to your packages and help you with postage which is not much as it is US postage and you should use FLAT RATE boxes which allow you to mail anything up to 70 lbs as long as it fits in one of their boxes THEY provide.
Cost? It costs anywhere from $10-$50 a month to adopt depending what you pack of course.
The address can NEVER be shared due to OPSEC which is a word we will teach you, or posted with anyone outside your immediate family unless they are signed up top. If you are a group,place of worship or business, please make one or two people in charge and responsible for security of the address and info. In fact, if you ever see names or addresses posted with any organization on social media or anywhere, this is a serious violation of security and privacy. Your information is never shared either.
Teachers only have to send 1 package a month as we know how busy you are and love having our students involved ! Our kids page is a great resource too.
If you can only afford one packages, let me know and we will have you share your soldier with another volunteer.
Parents or Loved Ones of deployed heroes: We can adopt your loved one too , just ask especially if for whatever private reason you cannot send much support. Just email HomefrontHugsUSA@aol.com
Anyone can adopt a hero who agrees to our rules and expectations to maintain quality of care and consistency of support to our deployed or wounded veterans. We welcome diversity and reach out to all Americans to join us, leaving politics aside just as our veterans come form all walks of life.
If you want your assignment quicker, you can send us all the answers in an email but remember to adopt we need full addresses, no PO Boxes please, phone number,and agreement to complete confidentiality/OPSEC and a 6 month commitment minimum. And please add why you wish to adopt. Then send your answers to Adoptions@HomefrontHugs.org
First Homefront Hugs Volunteer Club in the Midwest
Other projects include our Homefront Hugs Kids and Teens Volunteer Clubs which we hope our volunteers will start in their communities eventually especially if they want to involve children and teen, and even college students in giving back.
Operation Healing Angel, where one can adopt a hospital to send cards to at least 4 times a year, and included the medical staff who are heroes too. You can also send cards here to us anytime of year for us to send to medical units overseas in the war zone or troops deployed, and to hospitals here which need the most support or in your own communities where veterans are healing. More info on our Operation Healing Angel tab above.
Collecting Blankets for our Wounded Heroes - this was our teen volunteer Jack Begley who was always there for the heavy lifting in Florida
We want to thank Americorps of Florida which helped Operation Healing Angel within their state and beyond all year long in memory of 9-11. This is a super project for children and any group wishing to thank our wounded in areas where support is low.
Once you decide what you want to do, please fill out the application you wish to, send ua the answers by email or by regular mail, and please remember that I will need 1-2 paragraphs as to why you wish to adopt a hero or a family.
We take pride in our program and our volunteers and want to makes sure everyone is helping for good reasons.
This is NOT a dating service and we stay in touch with the troops, families and you to make sure everything is going smoothly.
REMEMBER teens can receive volunteer credit and letters of reference for schools or college just by helping with any of the above or ideas on our Kids/Teen Page. Got more questions or need the volunteer hours sheet? Email us HomefrontHugsUSA@aol.com
Please go look at our projects and endless photos on Facebook…and join us there with so many other volunteers and supporters to share ideas…we have 2 pages which we hope you share with everyone:
Homefront Hugs USAwith updates and interesting info on our veterans,troops and care !
Homefront Hugs Kids and Teen Clubs a fun place for teens to stay updated with parental permission as well as teachers and anyone running clubs across the country to place updates and share projects !
Homefront Welcome Home Hugs
LATEST NEWS AND REQUEST for
Homefront Holiday Hugs – please read !!!
Homefront Hugs needs heartfelt CARDSfor deployed troops and thank all the churches and synagogues like LIGHTS OF LAKELAND in Florida, St.Mary’s Student Parrish in Ann Arbor, St.Pauls United Methodist Church in Michigan ,our awesome scouts and families and more who have spent time making cards to lift the spirits of those who serve. So many of you participated in Operation Thanksgiving Hugs and the cards are amazing…you did NOT just sign them and we could hug you for that !!
Please send to:
Homefront Holiday Hugs 1850 Brookfield Drive Ann Arbor, MI 481032. Homefront Holiday Hugs also needs lots of calendars for the New Year 2014 for our troops….and we love homemade calendars for the troops too especiallyby teachers and students, kids and families ! Please have them to us by December 20th.Why not make one with photos of your class, club , town and use a template like this one:http://www.wincalendar.com/2014-Word-Calendar.htmOur troops also love regular calendars of all kinds …to help the time pass, they love the small and large ones of humor, nature, pets,cars, hunting, Snoopy, USA.We recommend Barnes and Noble and Calendars.com who have both helped us with the military kids and havea wonderful choice of calendars for all in all sizes !!
Please don’t forget we always need your help to ship packages as well when troops are not adopted yet and to our wounded warriors and families….and Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah to all ! We all work pro bono here so your help is a gift to help 100% for postage and needs of our troops and families.