Drop off a toy and stay for the hugs during the Bronx Veteran Chamber of Commerce's 22 Hugs a Day Campaign & Toy Drive on December 5, 5:30pm.
The purpose of this event is to bring awareness to the 22 Veteran suicides per day dilemma, which totals over 8,000 a year. Service members and non-service members will join together in a hugfest. Additionally they'll be collecting toys for the annual Christmas Toy Drive - so please bring one unwrapped toy.
The purpose of the hug is to lower your defense and open yourself up for the possible. Those possibilities can be seeking resources, getting medical care, or someone to talk to. This method promotes a connection, so that a Veteran will become open to the idea of seeking help and talking about their struggles. There will also be more activities to help bring awareness and support for individuals that may need help.
Can’t join us? You can still help combat the problem. Take a picture of you hugging a Veteran and post it on social media with the hashtag #22HugsADay.
3190 Westchester Ave
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