Texas Church Gives Out ‘Free Mom Hugs’ At Austin Pride Event
Inspired by an Oklahoma mother's heartwarming story, one Texas church was inspired to go out and give free hugs to those at an Austin Pride event. A couple weeks ago, an Oklahoma mother became the most popular mom on the internet after her story went viral of her free hug campaign. Sarah Cunningham is the executive director of Free Mom Hugs, an organization compromised of parents of the LGBTQ community who want kids to know that there are parents that love them. Even if they didn't give birth to the kids themselves. Cunningham would join her son, who is a member of the LGBTQ community, at various Pride events with a shirt and sign that read "Free Mom Hugs." She also wrote a Facebook post about a month ago letting members of the LGBTQ community know if they needed a mom to attend their same-sex wedding because their biological mom won't they could call her. She says simply that she'll be their biggest fan and bring the bubbles. The post went viral, getting 4,000 likes and almost 9,000 shares.
Sarah Cunningham also inspired one Texas church that they could go out and support their local LGBTQ community. At this past weekend's Austin Pride, mom and blogger Jen Hatmaker went to the event with her church, Austin New Church, ready to give out as many hugs as they could. They had all types of church members ready to give out their specific type of hugs- grandma hugs, mom hugs, dad hugs and even pastor hugs. The mother wrote on her Instagram post that their arms were never empty, and parade goers would race over to them to be in their arms. Hatmaker said the group was there to spread their message to all,
"We told them over and over that, they were impossibly loved and needed and precious. And we hugged until our arms fell off. This is what we are doing here, what we are here for."
Sometimes we forget how a simple hug can make someone feel loved, special and appreciated. But this mother and her amazing church made sure that anyone who wanted a hug that day, was able to get one. This is an example of one mom's simple act of kindness has turned into a movement that should be embraced by all.