Free hugs to help children impacted by cancer get to summer camp

Do you have space to set up a free hugs station and help out?

When a parent is hit with cancer it’s a tremendous blow to every member of the family and has a tremendous impact on the youngest members. Camp Kesem help the children with both a summer camp and life-long support.

From the Press Release:

Camp Kesem at VCU, an organization dedicated to helping children through and beyond their parent’s cancer, is giving away 10,000 hugs across Richmond via a pop-up, free hugs station to send kids to summer camp.

At the booth, patrons can receive a supportive hug from Camp Kesem at VCU volunteers. Each hug is free, but individuals can sponsor a hug for $5, with all proceeds going to directly to send 50 children to camp from August 9th-15th. All sponsors will receive a shout-out on Camp Kesem at VCU’s social media to thank them for their support.

The station is part of the organization’s Make The Magic campaign, which also includes a fundraising dinner event on April 17th, 2015 from 5-10pm at The Ward Center for Contemporary Art in Petersburg.

Camp Kesem recognizes and embraces the often-overlooked population of children impacted by a parent’s cancer. The organization provides a life-long, peer-support network for these children, anchored in a network of free summer camps that are led by passionate college student volunteers across the country.

To book the free hugs station, please contact To learn more about Camp Kesem and to purchase tickets to the Make The Magic evening, please visit:

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Richard Hayes

When Richard isn’t rounding up neighborhood news, he’s likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest craft beer.

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