FREE HUGS was inspired by founder Jason Hunter’s mother Mrs. Josephine Clayton Hunter who passed away in 2001. Sitting at his mother’s funeral service, Jason listened as almost every speaker shared how Mrs. Hunter loved hugging people and letting them know how much they matter.
Touched by the speakers, Jason acted on this inspiration and walked the streets of his hometown, Miami’s South Beach, with a sign that simply stated “FREE HUGS”. Hence, FREE HUGS was born.
Research shows that we need at least three hugs a day to grow and become better persons. You will bring smiles to many faces and receive hugs from perfect strangers who want to share in the message.
The FREE HUGS lifestyle is a carefree approach to life. Living the FREE HUGS lifestyle proves that you are committed to making positive changes not only within yourself, but also within your community and the people around you.