Our mission is to honor, unite and give support to the Marine Aviation community through acts of kindness and compassion.
On December 6, 2018 five US Marines from VMGR-152 “The Sumos” lost their lives when their C-130 Hercules (Herc) was involved in a devastating mishap off the coast of Japan.
In the aftermath of this tragedy, Marine C-130 spouses from around the world were contacting each other to check in. We were all asking each other the same questions, “How is your Marine doing?”, “What can we do?”, “How can we help?” “Who else needs support that we aren’t thinking of?”.
It occurred to us that not only are the families and friends of the Marines mourning this great loss, but the spouses are as well. The spouses are also rallying together to support the Marines and families affected but who was helping ALL the spouses as they support their Marine and the squadron?
We decided to focus our efforts on supporting all the spouses of VMGR-152. Since the news broke, we have all said, “I wish we could just send a hug!” We all wished we could show up and give the entire squadron as well as the entire Marine C-130 community a hug and some comfort at this difficult time.
Then we decided that that’s exactly what we would do. This is how Hugs From Hercs came about. Marine C-130 spouses trying to hug, support, and comfort each other from afar when a virtual hug just wouldn’t do. Our hope is that a “Hug” assembled with love, including a handwritten note and comfort items might just remind them that their support to others does not go unnoticed and is very much appreciated.