Troops worldwide receiving Oklahoma care packages

OKLAHOMA CITY – Dozens of volunteers gave up part of their weekend to pack over 4,000 Christmas boxes for troops around the world.

‘The Hugs Project,’ a local group that sends care packages to troops overseas, made their big Christmas push this past weekend, calling on volunteers to help stuff thousands of boxes full of food, clothes and holiday treats.

“Christmas is a lonely time if you’re far from home and these guys can’t get much farther from home,” ‘Hugs’ coordinator Karen Stark said of troops serving overseas.

Volunteer Justin Cook received a care package from the Hugs Project during his fourth tour in Iraq in 2009.

“It was pretty much a little piece of home in a box,” Cook said. “It’s a big ol’ giant warmth in the bottom of your heart.”

Stark said troops don’t have to be serving in a combat zone to get a holiday treat from Oklahoma.

“Honduras, Columbia, the arctic circle, Guantanamo – wherever we have troops deployed at Christmastime, they can get a care package,” Stark said.

The Hugs Project still needs help loading the care packages to send overseas.

Volunteers are asked to come to The Hugs Project inside Crossroads Mall on Wednesday, Dec. 12th at 1:00 P.M.