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Free hugs

Some people might want to shop on Boxing Day, others just want to relax, but some want to extend the holiday spirit by offering free hugs.

For the fourth year in a row a group of hug-able people will be gathering at The Kelowna Sails at noon on Boxing Day to hug anyone who wants or needs a hug.

Angie Clowry says, "This started out as a Pay It Forward Movement to honour a great man by the name of Wayne Cobb who believed in sharing the good things in life forward.  His wife Terry Cobb is on hand with us with a few of their relatives.  Terry believes that Wayne is very much with us in spirit as we do this – and I agree."

What do people think about the free 'gift'.

"It's AMAZING to see people's reactions and some say they were here the previous year and enjoy their Boxing Day walk to meet up with us for the Free Hugs at The Kelowna Sails," says Clowry.

Not everybody wants hug though.

"There are some people who don't want a hug from us or anyone over the holidays and that is ok.  But we know everything happens for a reason and it’s not a coincidence they show up when we are doing this.  And some of the stories that unfold uplift our hearts.  Like a man who lost his wife and hadn't received a hug or really felt love since her passing - some of us had a good cry with him.   He touched our hearts and we sure touched his.  And then we have the happiest, gregarious people who basically tackle us for a hug, those ones can be dangerous but they don't come quietly either so you can hear them coming." 

Wayne Cobb died in a motorcycle accident over four years ago and his best friend Joey Stychin ignited the idea to do Free Hugs on Boxing Day in his memory.  The Free Hugs crew hope you do something to pay happiness, love and free hugs forward in your own way over the holiday season.

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