10 Years of HugTrain! Let’s Do It!

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The Mission:

To take on the loneliness epidemic by showing people the importance of vulnerability and compassion as well as demonstrating the huge impact of small actions that anyone can take!


Since 2009, our founder has crisscrossed Canada and the US by train offering hugs to anyone who requests one during the holiday season. This will be the 10th Annual HugTour!

Why hugs?

Study after study has shown that loneliness is causing premature deaths at similar levels to cigarettes and obesity. Not only is it a major risk factor for suicide and an important contributor to anxiety and depression but it also has significant effects on our cardiovascular health, our brain function and our immune systems to name just a few. Hugs have been shown to have a positive impact on all of the health issues that loneliness causes, be they physiological or psychological in nature. They’re also a moment of shared vulnerability which increase trust and gives people a sense of belonging. Best of all, hugs are an example of a small action anyone can take to make the world a better place!


The 10th annual HugTrain will run from November 27th to January 8th stopping in Montreal, Winnipeg, Saskatoon , Toronto , Ottawa , Quebec City,  Halifax , Windsor, Detroit , New York , New Orleans , San Antonio , Tucson , Los Angeles, San Francisco , Denver , Chicago, Pittsburgh , Philadelphia  and points in between!

If you are in one of these cities, please RSVP to our events on facebook  so we can meet up and invite your friends! 

This itinerary is a tribute to my friend Philip, a true hearted person, that the world lost in April at the age of 22 after a long struggle with addiction. May his memory be a blessing and may he rest in peace.

How can I help?

HugTrain is a crowdfunded movement. It's up to people who care to keep it going.  We need donations in the form of:
and help with marketing/PR and logistics

Everything you contribute will be used to propel the HugTrain movement, take on the loneliness epidemic and help create a healthier, more compassionate world. Please give generously and feel free to contact us if you have any questions or suggestions!
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Wow! Over 35% raised in just one week! All the intercity travel is paid for! Thank you! Now we need to focus on accommodations and meals along the way. Please keep sharing this with your friends and loved ones so we can get there! Tell them why you support HugTrain! Every little bit helps! :)
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Alright! We’ve raised enough to pay for the second to last intercity trip of the tour! (I know it’s not a train but we needed more time in New Orleans to honour Philip) We’re just $285 away from reaching 40% of our goal! Please share this campaign by text or private message with 5 friends and tell them why you support HugTrain so they can join in!!!

Also, we’ve created Facebook events for the major stops. Please RSVP and invite friends who might like a hug! They’re all listed here: http://Facebook.com/HugTrain/events
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Woohoo! We’ve raised enough to buy the Amtrak rail pass! Next up: $250 to cover the rest of the intercity travel. Please share this campaign with 5 friends and tell them why you support it so they can be a part of this with us!
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We’re just $50 away from buying the US rail pass! Do you know anyone who can help? Please share the campaign with 5 people and explain to them why you support HugTrain. Thank you!
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