Founded in 2009 by Arié Moyal, HugTrain's mission is to offer a different perspective on the world and reduce social isolation by distributing and facilitating the exchange of hugs and peer-to-peer support by using technology to connect with people online and offline. This year, the 7th annual HugTour will crisscross North America from December 13, 2015 to January 7, 2016 raising spirits one hug at a time!


Here is some recent press coverage about HugTrain:

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CTV News at 11 – London (timestamp 8:29), Dec 20, 2015

CBC News: Halifax at 6:00 (timestamp: 55:27), Dec 15, 2015

HugTrain campaign rolls into Halifax, CBC News, Dec 15, 2015

HugTrain campaign visits Halifax to dish out holiday hugs, CBC News, Dec 15, 2015

We welcome back the founder of The Hug Train, Arie Moyal, Global Morning News Halifax, Dec 15, 2015

HugTrain rolls into Portland, offers free hugs, The Oregonian, Portland, Jan 5, 2015

‘Hug Train’ aims to cure holiday blues, KGW News, Portland, Jan 4, 2015

HugTrain wraps its arms around Rose City, Friday, Portland Tribune, Jan 2 2015

Travelling hug train arrives in Winnipeg, CBC News, Winnipeg, Dec 19, 2014

Hug Train rolls through Winnipeg, Metro Winnipeg, December 18, 2014

All aboard the Hug Train, Breakfast Television Edmonton, December 17, 2014

Hug train stops in Winnipeg Thursday, Winnipeg Free Press, Dec 16, 2014

Le Train des Calins, Le café show, Radio Canada, Alberta, Dec 16, 2014

Man travelling across North America by train giving free hugs during the holidays, Global News, Toronto, Dec 11, 2014

The big squeeze: Man comes to Halifax to embrace – literally – everyone in our city Metro, Halifax, Dec 10, 2014

Arie Moyal kicks off his Hug Tour in Montreal, Global News, Montreal, Dec 4, 2014

All Aboard the HugTrain, Homerun, CBC Radio, Montreal, Dec 4, 2014

San Francisco has plenty of options for New Year’s revelers, ABC 7, Dec 30, 2013

Free Hugs Across the Nation, Fox Carolinas 46, Dec 23, 2013

Thank Good People Friday, 680 CJOB, Dec 13, 2013

CBC Radio Vancouver: Early Edition, Dec 4, 2013 (Time stamp (approx.): 2:20:00:00)

Episode 4 from the’fax, King’s College University, Halifax, Dec 3, 2013 (Timestamp: 22:23)

Hug Train helps put squeeze on depression, Winnipeg Free Press, Dec 3, 2013

Un homme parcourt chaque année les États-Unis plein de câlins – L’heure de pointe Toronto – Radio-Canada Nov 28, 2013

The Hug Train arrives in Halifax . Global Morning News, Halifax, Nov 26, 2013