Hugs For Heroes


HUGS FOR HEROES, S.U.M.C. is a volunteer not for profit support group based out of the small upstate New York town of Salem. We are on the Vermont border, tucked in the mountains in the valley of the Battenkill which is a beautiful river sparkling with mountain run off waters.

HUGS originated because of our personal need to reach out to our own loved ones who are presently serving or have in the past served our country in the military. We have greatly expanded our outreach to not only those presently serving, but to their families and to our veterans from as far back as WWII and their loved ones.

We want to reach as many military as we can and will continue to do so as long as the need is present. We try to fulfill special requests as well as sending boxes of “staples” and well wishes. We have been honored to obtain the contact names for hospitals and schools in both Iraq and Afghanistan and are anxious to assist with their needs.

Our group, now well known in surrounding towns is grateful to the sponsors who enable us to continue our mission. Each member of our group is somehow connected to a person serving this great nation in one way or another. Despite our size, we accomplish amazing things for our soldiers through Fund raisers, public awareness, reawakening pride in our country & for our troops and veterans.

We speak with students, boy and girl scout troops, book clubs & many other organizations: basically anyone who will allow us a platform.

We are truly blessed to be Americans, protected by the brave and the sometimes frightened men and women who serve this great nation.  Fear is noble.  Pushing through the fear is Heroic.

Lest we forget, our freedoms are not free and often come at a very high price.

Contact information:

Donna E. Alexander


Annual Fundraisers

-The Blessing of the Bikes:

1st Sunday in June


Salem United Methodist Church, 29 West Broadway, Salem, NY 12865 Rev. Debbie Earthrowl

-Go Jump in the Lake:

October @ Lake Lauderdale, Cambridge, New