Kids Set World-Wide Records While Inspiring Hugs All Over the Globe
More than 65,000 people from all over the world joined in a campaign for kindness with hugs. Hugs reached every corner of the globe as people got in on the hugging action from the Chicago Cubs and various sports arenas, to legendary golfer Annika Sorenstam, six-time world wrestling champion Chris Jericho and countless Broadway stars - one couple even got engaged during The Big Hug in London.
The Big Hug, which was held on National Hugging Day on January 21, 2018, was started by a small group of Florida kids who felt the world needed a big hug after all the disasters and tragedies that filled 2017. The Florida 1st through 6th graders aren't just huggers, they're doers. Their mission is to help people around the globe after a tragic event unfolds.
They have fed thousands of people after hurricanes; gathered and distributed supplies after fires and tornadoes; cleaned up homes after hurricanes and floods; delivered new furniture to a woman who flooded twice after Hurricane Katrina; wrote messages of love and support worldwide after tsunamis, earthquakes, shootings, and bombings; helped with human waste composting in Nicaragua; and even delivered Christmas to an entire South Carolina town after it was destroyed in a flood.
The kindness campaign has grown into a global event with hugs taking place in countries such as Israel, Guatemala, Brazil, Nicaragua, the United Kingdom and beyond. They set the record for the largest hug in the United States with over one thousand people hugging at Tropicana Field and set a record for the most people hugging in the world including: fans at the Dallas Mavericks basketball game, the Chicago Cubs players, fans at the University of Kentucky/ University of Florida basketball game and the Tampa Bay Lightning mascot. Jennifer Lawrence's mom even posted a hug along with Broadway stars creating a Hug in Times Square.