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In the past I've seen people offering free hugs to strangers in Union Square. Not too long ago I came across the same scene in Washington Square Park. I did a quick Google search, and found that this isn't a random occurrence, but an actual movement called the "Free Hugs Campaign".

It was started in 2004 by an Australian man who felt depressed and alone after returning home from years of living in London. There was nobody to greet him, and he was in need of a hug, so he made a sign offering his own free hugs to strangers and waited to see what would happen.

Apparently, this movement has caught on around the world. Maybe you've seen someone offering free hugs in your own town or city??

Here, a young man and woman are the ones giving out the hugs. While I was photographing them, I only saw one person take them up on their offer. Most people simply glanced over and then walked away, or, like the bystanders in the WS photo and myself, stopped to take photos. :-)

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