Humans need connection to others and we need love, but in our current time many people feel isolated. The Mission of HugTrain is 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 11th annual trip will be led by a new HugMaster!
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 11th annual HugTrain will run from December 22nd to January 21st stopping in Montreal, Chicago, Denver, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York and points in between!
If you are in one of these cities, please RSVP to our events on facebook so we can meet up! Invite your friends!
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
Any funds raised beyond the goal will go towards our pay-it-forward system of distributing cash to folks in need on the route.
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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