26. December 2018 - 12:00 till 13:00
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Free Hugs 12n at The Kelowna Sails Boxing Day | "The Sails" | Wednesday, 26. December 2018

9th Annual Free Hugs Boxing Day Event @ The Sails in Kelowna's downtown.

"Not everyone receives presents at Christmas. Nor does everyone love Christmas. But we all deserve a hug! That from Kelowna's Free Hug's Team Leader Angie Clowry

Clowry says "Christmas can be an incredibly happy time or a time when we wish our lives were different."
And for the past few years a group of friends are asking those to do Boxing Day a bit different and give or at least receive a Free Hug.

"The Free Hugs are given without expectation. I have hugged a man who hasn't had a hug in 9years since he lost his wife. I have hugged a street person who I see often and then everyone lined up to hug him. I am not sure who cried harder."

We hug everyone from retirees, athletes, children, dogs, doctors to our communities most vulnerable. All we ask is that you bring your own Free Hug sign and take it with you when you leave for next year.

There has been loads of research done on the power of healthy physical touch. Babies require it for healthy development, while some of us may say that we aren't fond of physical touch, and then remember holding children, loving on them and they loving us - that is Physical Touch - its the bases of caring for someone else.

This event started out as a way to salute a friend Wayne Cobb. Who died tragically in a motorcycle accident, while saving his son. I am unsure if there is any bigger love than that. And we honor his love for his family and friends by continuing the tradition in his memory. The Free Hugs crew hope you do something to Pay It Forward as Wayne loved to do. Please consider paying Kindness, Happiness, Love Forward or a Free Hug in your own way.

And Kelowna's Free Hug's Crew, welcomes you out for the 8th Annual FREE HUG's 12noon at The Sails in Kelowna on Boxing Day.

When Wayne Cobb passed away it was requested to do a Pay It Forward Act & we continue that tradition.