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Across Kentucky, the state hardest hit by the deadly ice storm that has hobbled parts of several states for most of this week and last, people without power spent another day Saturday crammed into the homes of relatives, neighbors or shelters. Others awaited sporadic visits from rescuers, and some still hadn't been reached at all. The American Red Cross of Western, Kentucky asked for 50 teddies to carry with them and provide for children who are now living in shelters. Many schools, and businesses have been without electricity for a long time and people are using space heaters that have started house fires. "It's a bad situation and may be quite a while before it gets better", says Hiedi Cox of the Red Cross Disaster Team.
Get a discounted ticket for Kids Day Feb. 16th ...It's a school holiday...soooo, you all come!
"SLEEPWALK WITH ME" with comedian Mike Birbiglia!
Go see the show and bring a teddy bear for Hugs...
Ticket price will be 20% off. Ticketron knows all about it!
Hugs Across America had it's annual fundraising cocktail party on Nov 22nd at the Manhasset Bay Yacht Club. The event brought folks from near and far...neighbors and friends from Manhasset as well as supporters of Hugs mission from as far away as Florida and Massachusetts. All were treated to a rousing round of questions for Mike Franseca, sports commentator for the WFAN and "Mike'd Up" of NBC fame, as well as inspiring personal messages of support from Honorees, Robbie Donno, Founder and CEO of Gift of Life International, and Charlene and Mike Prounis, community activists and ardent enthusiasts of Hugs.
Mike Francesa shares a teddy!
In this economy it is an truly an honor to receive the continued support both of those in attendance, The MacHugs Chapter of Hugs in Pinehurst, NC and especially Kenrda Phillips, Lauren Gaffney of HBO, the Board of Trustees and the local businesses that provided services and support for our effort as we continue to bring comfort and hope to anxious, hurting children who are victimized by traumatic circumstances. We recognize that this year is uniquely difficult, and as a charitable organization, can only say a heartfelt "Thank you" to all.
Ben Willis, a remarkable 5 yr old, from Nashville, Tennessee decided that he wanted to help children who were scared or hurt through the hugs of teddy bears. Ben knows how much his teddy comforts him, so he decided to raise money for Hugs Across America by running in a Race for Hugs. In addition, Ben has sold our bracelets and lollipops for money to buy bears for hurting kids all over the United States. Thank You, Ben! You are a very special humanitarian ( that's a kid who wants to do good stuff for others...like you do.)