Our Story

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It all started with HUGS and school supplies to spread compassion and help students who did not have access to basic school supplies. Founder and Executive Director, Christopher McGilvery started Give More HUGS after living in Dominica. He volunteered his time to help children throughout Dominica. The time he spent in Dominica made him fully aware of the need for quality education for all. Several of his friends who also mentored students in Dominica inspired him and many others to start a Nonprofit Organization to support underprivileged children with educational materials, art supplies, sports equipment, mentorship, extracurricular activity scholarships, and books to inspire a lifelong love for learning, reading, and creativity.  Watch this video to learn more about the Give More HUGS education movement.
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Give More HUGS introductory video from Give More HUGS on Vimeo.

The mission of Give More HUGS is to unite giving souls to help underprivileged students develop a lifelong love for learning, reading, and creativity. We envision that every student in the United States and around the world receive a quality education. Unite with GMH to provide educational materials, books, art supplies, sports equipment, and inspiration to students who need it the most.



According to the Census Bureau, the U.S. national dropout rate is 7% of the nation’s 18-to-24 year olds.  There are nationwide budget cuts, which has forced many schools to stop their extracurricular activity programs.  According to the National Center for Children in Poverty (2015) more than 16 million children live with families below poverty level.  All of these factors make it difficult for these students to grasp the importance of a quality education. We strive to engage students, community members, and businesses to unite with Give More HUGS to help students in their own communities through book drives, school supplies drives, and fundraising projects to support students who need educational materials, such as books, art supplies, sports equipment, extracurricular activity scholarships, and words of encouragement to inspire students to achieve both academic and personal success.

Unite with HUGS to change lives, one student at a time!
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