The Hugs Project, a nonprofit that sends care packages to military service members, is seeking donations and volunteers.
Much needed are nonplastic coffee mugs without gold on them, condiments from fast-food restaurants and beef jerky, as well as other items currently listed on the website.
“When I'm tired, I just remember — they're even more tired. When I'm cold — they're colder. When I'm hungry — their tummies have a constant growl,” Hugs Project Executive Director Karen Stark said.
Presently the operation is open four days a week with expectations to send 5,000 parcels next week. Volunteers are needed to assemble packages at Crossroads Mall, 7000 Crossroads Boulevard, Suite 1048. Hours of operation are: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, 11 a.m. to to 6 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
The nonprofit group also is collecting money to help defer postage costs.
Tax-deductible donations are accepted year-round.
Contributions can be sent to 7000 Crossroads Blvd., No. 1048, Oklahoma City, OK 73149.
For more information about The Hugs Project, including a list of items needed for care packages, go to www.thehugsproject.com.