Free Hugs for All at Eden Shopping Center

Sometimes, the best cause you can be part of is making other people happy.

Over the weekend Eden Shopping Centre took a little time to bring a smile to shoppers face by celebrating International Free Hugs Day. It’s a tradition that was started in 2004 by a mysterious fellow under the pseudonym of ‘Juan Mann,’ and it gained international attention after a viral music video about his campaign of kindess hit YouTube in 2006. Free Hugs Day takes place on the first Saturday in July.

Free hugs make some people nervous, but Eden wasn’t unleashing huggy hipsters on its shoppers. The shopping center got together a bunch of well-loved mascots for the event, including a number of retailer mascots like Bumper and Squeek, Bearamy, Pawlette, Ted the Tailor, and Mi-Shake. The mascots roamed the halls looking for anyone in need of a smile. By all reports a very happy time was had by all.

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