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#BigHugDay is spreading record-setting kindness around the world and it all started with these kids

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From Egypt to the Bahamas to Israel and the U.S., children are taking their hugs to social media with the hashtag, #BIGHUGDAY, to spread kindness. It all started with a group of elementary school children in Tampa Bay, Florida who wanted to bring some positive energy to the world. With all the recent natural disasters and other bad things making news, the children hoped that starting a campaign of social hugs would spread compassion and unity.

The idea became official as The Kindness Campaign, picked up by Prizeo and sponsored by Huggies with the goal of raising money for children’s hospitals. In addition to sharing hugs and asking for donations on social media, the campaign is gathering 12,000 people in St. Petersburg, Florida to unite for one giant hug. If everyone shows up they’ll break the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest group hug.

It all takes place this Sunday, National Hugging Day. At the same time, groups of police, city workers, children and educators in the all over the world will be joining in planned group hugs bringing people of all faiths and political ideologies together. The Big Hug is hosting hugs in six schools across Israel combining Jewish, Muslim and Christian students. South Africa, Egypt, Brazil, Germany, Spain, Latvia, UK, and many other countries are participating. Here in the states hugs are forming in the capital of California, Times Square in New York; Nashville, TN; San Antonio, TX; Goshen, KY; Atlanta, GA; University of Minnesota; WA, MT, AZ, and the list goes on.

If you want to help, visit THEBIGHUG.com where donations will benefit St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital and Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.

This isn’t the first kindness campaign this young group has spearheaded. This past hurricane season, they traveled to Naples to help flood victims by passing out food. They’ve also taken relief trips to Louisiana and South Carolina.

Hugs are being organized at these places this weekend, visit BIGHUGDAY.COM for details:

City of London Mounted Police in the U.K.

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An orphanage in Egypt

The Chamber of Commerce in the Bahamas

Hand in Hand in Jerusalem, Israel where Muslim, Jewish and Christian children will join in the hug

New York City, New York - Times Square

Lexington, Kentucky - Rupp Arena at the University of Kentucky (Saturday, Jan 20th)

Atlanta, Georgia

Sacramento, California

Nashville, Tennessee

University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Bethesda, Maryland

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Florence, Alabama

Scranton, Pennsylvania

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