#HUGS4JOY2017

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It’s hard to believe that December is here again already. It’s a joyous season with the holidays but it also marks the darkest days for our 2 families. The Friedler’s lost Henry 4 years ago on the 20th and the Griffith’s lost their niece, Megan on the 20th.

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Both our families have made the conscious choice to honor their lives by sharing kindness with others. There is healing in the simple act of making someone else smile…even for just a moment. Our biggest event and the reason why we started the brigade is our annual toy drive for the kids at Randall Children’s Hospital. We collect these toys in the month of January. Henry and Megan shared the same birthday on February 9th and we deliver the toys on that day. This is a huge event with nearly 3,000 toys delivered each year. We couldn’t do it without help from our friends and followers. One of the hardest thing about running a nonprofit is asking for donations. However, we are excited to announce that we have a FUN and FREE way for you to help us raise funds again this year. Our HUGS4JOY fundraiser is back!

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It’s really simple and costs you nothing. All we ask is that you take a photo of you hugging a loved one and post it on our Facebook page or on Instagram with the hashtag #hugs4joy2017. Our nonprofit will receive $1 for every photo posted (up to $500) and these funds will be used to purchase toys. This is a great way to kick start our toy drive. Plus it has the extra bonus effect of lifting our spirits during this difficult month. So please, hug, post and then share with family and friends. With each and every hug you help us keep Henry’s tricycle of kindness rolling.

The following story written by Henry’s mom, Marla will demonstrate how important hugs are to us all.
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Every night after we tucked the boys into bed, both Owen and Henry would call us back in for one more “hug and kiss.” I remember many nights, after we had gone downstairs, Owen would sleepily come down the stairs to tell us Henry needed one more hug.

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I’ll admit there were times that after a few extra hugs we would tell him no more. But now, I sure do miss those hugs. I miss him yelling after us, “love you to the moon…and back!!” I miss holding him and feeling his arms around me.

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I miss joking that his hugs were so tight I couldn’t breathe. I miss Henry hugs.

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Owen and I hug…a lot. His hugs make my heart smile. I hug him so tight that occasionally he tells me through laughter “you’re breaking my bones.”

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Owen gives “super famous hugs” so tight you don’t have to hug him back…he’s just stuck to you.

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 I love hugs. They are spreading love from one to another. A simple act that means so much.
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So our kindness theme for the month of December is quite simple:
HUG THE ONES YOU LOVE!
Then could you please brighten our day and make our hearts smile by posting a photo of your hug on our Facebook page or on Instagram with the tag #hugs4joy2017. To help the cause we have an anonymous donor who will give our nonprofit $1 for every photo posted (up to $500). It’s a fun, free and fantastic way to raise funds and to lift our spirits during this difficult month. Spread the joy and share our story with your family and friends!

HAPPY HUGGING!

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