February 16, 2013
WAYNESBORO, Va. (AP) - Moviegoers got more than just tickets when they arrived at a Waynesboro theater. Volunteers raising awareness about depression and seasonal affective disorder were there to offer hugs.
The News-Leader reports seven volunteers held out bowls of chocolate and wore signs around their necks offering free hugs at Zeus Digital Theaters on Friday.
The volunteers were with a local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. They also handed out literature about mental illness. The annual event was timed to occur around Valentine's Day.
Twelve-year-old moviegoer Kara Kirby ran over to a volunteer for a hug and exclaimed, "You just made my day!"