Free Mom Hugs: Texas Church Members Spreads Love at Pride Parade

Love was showering at the Austin Pride parade as the members of Texas Church offered “free mom hugs” to all the members of the LGBTQ community who needed one.

One among the crowd was Mom and blogger Jen Hatmaker, who shared on her Instagram the emotional moments where they offered everything from “Free Mom Hugs” to “Free Dad Hugs, Free Grana Hugs, and Free Pastor Hugs like it was our paying job.”

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Drawing inspiration from Sara Cunningham’s Free Mom Hugs, Hatmaker and members of the Austin New church didn’t fail to let everyone at pride know that they are loved with their warm hugs.

Hatmaker writes: “Our arms were never empty. We ‘happy hugged’ a ton of folks, but dozens of times, I’d spot someone in the parade look our way, squint at our shirts and posters, and RACE into our arms”

She also added that a lot of the folks at the parade was in desperate need of a good mom hug. After all who can refuse a good, warm mom hug once in a while.


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