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“Free Hugs” Downtown on Dec. 29
December 29, 2015 @ 6:45 pm
The “Hug Train” is rolling into Tucson on Tuesday, Dec. 29, and everyone is invited to welcome Arie Moyal, one of the leaders in the “free hugs” movement, to get a hug and feel the love that this season is all about.
Head to the Amtrak station between 6:45 and 7:35 p.m.
This is the 7th year Moyal will spend the holidays hugging his way across North America. He left his hometown of Montreal in mid-December, and he’ll make almost 30 stops – including Tucson – as he heads to California and then home again. The trip will take 3½ weeks.
Watch a 2-minute video, www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nsq-fC-VRHE, to see Moyal’s free hugs in action.
“Financial difficulties, family issues, seasonal affective disorder and social isolation make the holidays particularly stressful for many people, and sometimes the smallest things – like a hug – can make the biggest difference,” Moyal said. “I want to inspire others to spread some joy, and to know that doing small things can make a big difference in their communities.”
The annual Hug Train trips are funded through a combination of support from close friends and volunteers around the world, crowd-funding (www.youcaring.com/hugtrain-450950), and money Moyal saves throughout the year.
Moyal’s commitment to “hug it forward” runs deep. Spending almost four weeks sleeping upright on a train – with the limited food options that entails – takes mental preparation. In Moyal’s mind, though, there is nowhere else he would choose to be.
“The act of hugging lays the biological and structure for connection to other people. We need that more today than ever before.”