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Free Hugs, Handshakes and High-Fives

“Feeling down? Need some love? Come Share a hug, handshake or high-five with us in the Union Mall! THEY’RE FREE!” said The Spotlight Facebook page.

The Spotlight is hosting the Free Hugs, Handshakes and High-Fives from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday event in the Elliott Student Union mall.

Haydee Reyes-Alvarado, the graduate assistant for diversity education in charge of this year’s event, said The Spotlight hosted the event three different times.

“However, they weren’t seeing the results they had hoped for, so they didn’t host the event for a couple of semesters,” Alvarado said. “That is when it came back and it was revamped and executed with different aspects and formats to the program. They provided giant buttons for the volunteers who are helping with the event to catch people’s attention and this year we’ll also be passing out motivational little notes to add to its purpose, which is to be kind and offer a hug, handshake (or) high-five to anyone that might be in need of it,” Alvarado said.

The Spotlight is made up of  UCM students dedicated to providing students a variety of entertaining and educational events.

For more information, visit or call 660-543-4293.

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