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Kinette members serve up free hugs and flowers

Cora Reddick of New Glasgow gets a free hug and a flower from Jean Ives-Fraser of the New Glasgow Kinettes.
Cora Reddick of New Glasgow gets a free hug and a flower from Jean Ives-Fraser of the New Glasgow Kinettes.

NEW GLASGOW – Who doesn’t want a free hug from a stranger?

Turns out, not everyone does.

“I would say 75 per cent of the people have been super responsive to being hugged,” said Angel Lefave, one of several New Glasgow Kinette members who were giving away free chocolate, carnations and hugs at the Highland Square Mall on Saturday as part of National Kin Week.

Lefave is the president of the Kinette Club’s New Glasgow chapter.

Some of the passers-by offered smiles but declined politely while others had puzzled looks on their faces, but as Lefave said, the majority seemed good with the idea.

Megan Hartling, chair of the project, said the two-hour endeavour is simply a way to get the Kinette name out there, but also to foster a little bit of good-will.

“Some people need their personal space and I completely understand that,” she said.

She added that when it came time to seek out who would be willing to approach strangers to offer them a chance to be hugged, there was no problem getting people to wrap their arms around the idea.

“It feels good to be hugged, if you’re cool with it.”

Turns out, not everyone does.

“I would say 75 per cent of the people have been super responsive to being hugged,” said Angel Lefave, one of several New Glasgow Kinette members who were giving away free chocolate, carnations and hugs at the Highland Square Mall on Saturday as part of National Kin Week.

Lefave is the president of the Kinette Club’s New Glasgow chapter.

Some of the passers-by offered smiles but declined politely while others had puzzled looks on their faces, but as Lefave said, the majority seemed good with the idea.

Megan Hartling, chair of the project, said the two-hour endeavour is simply a way to get the Kinette name out there, but also to foster a little bit of good-will.

“Some people need their personal space and I completely understand that,” she said.

She added that when it came time to seek out who would be willing to approach strangers to offer them a chance to be hugged, there was no problem getting people to wrap their arms around the idea.

“It feels good to be hugged, if you’re cool with it.”

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