Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Local News

March 7, 2013

HUGS Project looking for donations to send to U.S. military personnel

GOSHEN — Every two weeks, 25 boxes find their way from Goshen to the Middle East and land in the hands of a U.S. serviceman.

The boxes are filled with food, coffee, tea and personal items, plus hugs. Hugs are cooling ties that military personnel can wear around their necks to lower their body temperature in the Middle Eastern heat.

“We feel the boxes are more important now than ever,” said Nancy Mast, founder of the HUGS Project of Elkhart.

She explained that toiletries and snack items service personnel would normally buy at the PX on base are becoming diminished as more bases continue to close. So, requests from soldiers include items such as oatmeal, protein or granola bars, beef jerky, tuna in a pouch and personal items including lip balm, sunscreen, bandages, bar soap, eye drops and acetaminophen.

To keep their dwindling shelves supplied and boxes en route to the Middle East, HUGS Project of Elkhart volunteers are hoping the public will help.

Donation boxes have been set up at Martin’s Supermarkets in Goshen, Elkhart and Nappanee. The outside of each box contains cards that explain the HUGS Project and includes a list of requested care package items.

“We would like to come in every week and empty them,” Mast said.

The boxes are located next to the entrance/exit doors, so people who are shopping can purchase a few extra items and then drop them in the box.

For more information about donations or the HUGS Project, go online to www.thehugsprojectofelkhart.com or contact River Oaks HUGS leader Nancy Mast at 574-293-2810 or at thpelkhart@frontier.com.

Text Only
Local News

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.

Last weekend (July 12) the Goshen Parks Department held its Kid’s Try-athlon to promote childhood fitness and this week (July 18) the new bicycle trail is open to the fairgrounds in Goshen, offering residents a healthy way to get to the annual agriculture exposition. Have you joined the local fitness movement?

Yes, I work at eating healthy and exercising
No, I am happy with my fitness level
Changing my diet and exercise frequency is a work in progress
     View Results
AP Video
Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites Anti-violence Advocate Killed, but Not Silenced. Dempsey: Putin May Light Fire and Lose Control Arizona Prison Chief: Execution Wasn't Botched Calif. Police Investigate Peacock Shooting Death Raw: Protesters, Soldiers Clash in West Bank Police: Doctor Who Shot Gunman 'Saved Lives' 'Modern Family' Star on Gay Athletes Coming Out MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman Raw: Iowa Police Dash Cam Shows Wild Chase Obama Seeks Limits on US Company Mergers Abroad Large Family to Share NJ Lottery Winnings U.S. Flights to Israel Resume After Ban Lifted Official: Air Algerie Flight 'probably Crashed' TSA Administrator on Politics and Flight Bans Raw: National Guard Helps Battle WA Wildfires