handmade hugs was created around christmas 2013, at that time i had two friends with small children who were very sick. i was miles away from being any kind of help to them. as always, i turned to my creativity and started to make them gifts, both for the sick child and their siblings. i thought the only thing i can do is hope to bring a smile to their faces in a difficult time. so was the creation of handmade hugs. i then turned my attention closer to home. i volunteer weekly now at palmetto richland memorial hospital, usually in the children's hospital. when i can and when it's appropriate i take what handmade goodies i can to the children. i do not work alone on handmade hugs, my family supports me as well as a great group of friends. we all pitch in to do what we can to brighten a child's day.