Thanks to our partners at Prizeo, you can now order your very own Big Hug T-shirt and be apart of the world’s biggest hug! Donate $10 or more to send a virtual hug to the renowned St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital. If you donate $35, you’ll receive our exclusive campaign T-shirt to show your support for the kids and their mission. Donate by January 7th to receive your shirt in time for the event. (T-shirt donations made after after January 7th will be shipped 4-8 weeks after the campaign ends.)

Welcome!

With all the terrible things going on in the world, the need for people to come together to support one another is more important than ever before. Now the youth of today are stepping forward and leading the charge to connect people through THE BIG HUG.

The kindness campaign was created by a group of children from the Tampa Bay area with the idea something as small as a hug could serve as a big message of love and compassion. These young activists are on a mission to help heal the world and to spread the Golden Rule message to treat others the way you want to be treated.

In that spirit, more than 65,000 people from around the world joined in the kindness campaign with hugs and in the process set a record for most simultaneous hugs worldwide. Hugs reached every corner of the globe as people joined in The Big Hug including six-time world wrestling champion Chris Jericho, the Chicago Cubs, Dallas Mavericks, legendary golfer Annika Sorenstam and Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence. A number of Broadway stars participated too, including the cast from Come From Away, Waitress, School of Rock and Red Roses, Green Gold.

These young activists 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 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.

On Sunday, January 21, 2018 (National Hug Day), the 1st – 6th graders set the record for the largest hug in the US with more than one thousand people hugging at Tropicana Field, while setting a record for the most people hugging simultaneously in the world. 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.

You can keep the kindness campaign going by sharing your hugs pics using the hashtag #bighugday.

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Huggies believes deeply in the power of hugs and we are excited to support The Big Hug and its global Big Hug Day,” said Eleonora Daireaux, General Manager of Huggies.

Through its mission, children learn how to harness this power and spread good through their hugs. Their hugs inspire ours, and we hope these children and Big Hug Day also inspire your hugs.

Eleonora Daireaux

General Manager, Huggies

We love the heart of these young activists and are so grateful to be a beneficiary of their truly unique fundraiser.

Big hugs to these special girls who are on a mission to change the world for the better, and to all who are supporting our kids at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital through this kindness campaign!

Kate Reed

President, St. Joseph's Children's Hospital and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital

We want to encourage South Africans to take a moment on the 21st January and hug those around them in support of these incredible children who are wanting to change the world with a great “Big Hug”.

Morné Van Emmenes

Brand Manager, Moving Baby

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THE BIG HUG

Tropicana Field

When is The Big Hug?

Date:
Sunday, January 21, 2018

Time:
3:00 p.m (EST)

Where:
Tropicana Field – The Trop
One Tropicana Drive
St. Petersburg, FL 33705

What is The Big Hug?

Hugs make us feel better.  Hugs make us feel loved.  Hugs let us know everything will be ok.

With everything going on in the world today, kids are stepping up to give the world a BIG HUG and they need your help.  Their goal is to show we still have compassion for one another and the good outweighs the bad.   They believe we could solve a lot of our problems with this idea: We should all treat each other the way we want to be treated.  We are asking communities around the globe to help show this love.  They hope this symbol transcends language barriers, cultural differences, opposing politics, and oppression.

IT’S EASY TO PARTICIPATE

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Guidelines

-The HUG has to be one BIG continuous circle.

-Participants must HUG for 10 seconds

-Please record everyone’s name participating (We need this for the world record)

-Please take pictures of your HUG and if possible get a photo from above

-Please post info about your HUG and photos on our social media pages.

T-Shirts

-Donations and t-shirts can be purchased on our website through Prizeo.com

-The money raised will be donated to local Children’s Hospitals. Please let us know which hospital you want your funds to go to.

-T-shirts can be purchased in advance or day of. We can send t-shirts for your HUG.

-Donations for entry can be made on site as well.

People Raising

-Talk to organizations, businesses and churches about putting together a team.  The more people the better.

-We/or you can reach out to local media, bloggers, etc

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Guidelines

-The HUG has to be one BIG continuous circle.

-Participants must HUG for 10 seconds

-Please record everyone’s name participating (We need this for the world record)

-Please take pictures of your HUG and if possible get a photo from above

-Please post info about your HUG and photos on our social media pages.

T-Shirts

-Donations and t-shirts can be purchased on our website through Prizeo.com

-The money raised will be donated to local Children’s Hospitals. Please let us know which hospital you want your funds to go to.

-T-shirts can be purchased in advance or day of. We can send t-shirts for your HUG.

-Donations for entry can be made on site as well.

People Raising

-Talk to organizations, businesses and churches about putting together a team.  The more people the better.

-We/or you can reach out to local media, bloggers, etc

CONTACT

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