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Carl Junction Woman Gives Away Free Hugs

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CARL JUNCTION, MISSOURI -

“You are so welcome. You can't get too many of these,” says Dawn Anderson to a woman she hugs.

“Nope,” the woman says.

It's hugs all around for residents visiting the Carl Junction Community Center. Dawn Anderson has made it her mission to share the love.

"We need positive in this world. We've got too much hurt, too much anger, too much anger, so I'm just praying that we're able to spread,” Anderson says.

Anderson hugs a blind senior and says to her "You touched my soul and I thank you for that."

"Thank you,” the woman says.

Anderson says "Just like the lady that was inside the bus. I think that she's blind and the minute that I started hugging her she started moaning and she started giggling. And she said it felt so good. So we need to really be aware of our older people especially. And I don't want to cry, but it touched my heart because there are so many that have no feeling, that get no touching."

Also many of whom haven't been hugged in a long time.

Silver Creek Senior Living resident Joan Johnson says "I lost my husband a couple of years ago and he was the one person I hugged. I'm not a hugger, but I liked it."

While making faces at resident Anderson says "I never have...aww don't you do that to me…I never have anybody that turns my hugs away everybody, wants a hug. Even young people want a hug."

And she's starting a free hugs club to give away more

To join the "Free Hugs Club" just contact dawn at her store, "Anderson Glass" in Joplin, at 417-624-9360.

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