We are happy to keep bringing you Hugs Across America news, highlight activities of our volunteers and create a fun place for our visitors, supporters and friends of our mission.
There are lots of wonderful ideas out there that help families and kids. This one started by the Port Washington library staff, combined many aspects of family health as well as provided information and experiences that ease anxiety for young children. Doctors from the local hospital showed children hospital proceedures with teddy bears while ambulances, fire engines and police cars were all available for a visit. Children wrote out tags for Hugs, planned to bring new teddies to school for a collection drive to help kids in crisis, listened to teddy hearts and fixed "boo boos", while parents became familiar with organizations in the community that help children. A wonderful effort and lots of good will...would this work in your community?
Take a look at this video! Thanks to the inginuity of our Nebraska Chapter. Yeah!
The Music Institue of Long Island performed a Holiday Concert to benefit Hugs Across America. The performers ranged in age from 6 years to 14 years ... of course they were joined by a couple of delighted adults, as well!
The effort was an effective fund raiser and an opportunity for the youngsters to show their remarkable talent. To those of us who attended the event, it was a wonderful and joyous begining of the Holiday Season. Blessings to all ...and a very happy New Year!
Take a look, they make beautiful music!
The 40th Expeditionary Signal Battalion from Fort Huachuca, Arizona left just before the Holidays. 150 teddies were provided by Hugs so that their children might have a special bear hug before Mom or Dad left.
Thanks to the effort of Family Readiness Coordinator Kristen Lambrecht.
The Hugs Across America annual cocktail party was a rousing success! Over 100 guests enjoyed dinner, music by jazz singer, Thos Shipley, words of touching wisdom from author, HBO commentator and past president of the Cystic Fibrosis Society, Frank Deford, as all helped honor some very special Hug's volunteers.
Katie Stainkamp, won the Presidential Points of Light Service Award this year and Ralph Iskaros our web master extraordinaire, received the annual Hugs "special effort" award. Thank you to all who attended and gave generously toward our mission to comfort children in crisis. Perhaps Frank Deford's words should be remembered by all who share this mission!
"I asked my 6 yr old daughter, Alex, what she wanted to be when she grew up and her response was, " A princess"! ...after many difficult therapy sessions of trying to dislodge mucous from her very clogged, Cystic, lungs by literally pounding her back ...I had occasion to ask again what she wanted to be, but her goal had changed ...when asked why, she said "Because Daddy, my crown will fall off." ... What your organization does by providing teddies and hugs of hope is to return to these hurting children the belief that they really are the prince and princess’ of their dreams. “