The Ships Project was founded in October of 2001, when a female sailor on board the USS Bataan

responded to an “Any Sailor” letter written by the project founder, Ellen Harpin.  In that letter, Ellen

mentioned her love for knitting, prompting the sailor to joke that maybe Ellen could send a pair of knit

slippers to keep her feet warm as she slept, since her berthing was extremely cold.  Since then, the

project has grown far beyond that small beginning and has earned the respect and support of the

military. The USS Bataan has long since returned home but we have continued to send packages to

sailors and Marines on dozens of ships deployed since then, as well as Army, Marine, and Air Force

units on the ground.



The Ships Project now sends handmade hats, slippers, and Cool-Ties to Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines deployed across the world in the War on Terror.

Thousands of individuals, as well as dozens of church and civic groups have adopted this project and are making handcrafted items to be sent to our troops

fighting against terrorisim.  With thousands of troops still deployed, the need for what the troops have come to call our "Hugs from Home" is increasing daily.

The military has asked us to continue this effort even with the Department of Defense restriction on mail to the war region.  We would love to have you join us!

Information on how to join can be found on our Join Us page, along with information and patterns in the Approved Patterns, Item Guidelines, and

What We're Sending sections.



The Ships Project is funded entirely by donations.  100% of all funds donated
go directly into the project to pay for the postage costs to send items to the troops.


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