ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Anchorage man Jerry Addis, along with his family and friends, doled out free hugs last Friday night as part of an event he organized in downtown Anchorage with his family and friends, all of whom were decked out with signs and t-shirts emblazoned with the words "FREE HUGS."
There's no catch: unsuspecting downtown visitors were greeted by the group of about a dozen, and offered a free hug, no strings attached.
It was an idea Addis started last year, posting the event on YouTube. He says all too often people are caught up in stressors in their lives, and they lose sight of what's truly important.
"I feel like the community out here needs somebody to standout show their true colors and have someone say, 'it’s ok to be a good person,'" Addis said.