Slideshow: Students Give Out ‘Hugs’ to Combat ‘Haters’

Jared Littlejohn ’15 gives a bear hug to Cynthia Cammarn

Jared Littlejohn ’15 recently watched a YouTube video that a bullied teen girl made before committing suicide. Some young people, after watching such a video, might feel sad for a few minutes and then continue on with their lives. Not Littlejohn.

In the span of a few days, Littlejohn organized an on-campus fundraiser, Hugs Against Haters, to raise money for suicide hotlines. With the help of his fellow Residential Life staffers, Littlejohn stood outside Smith Union for three hours on a recent afternoon giving out hugs for free or for a small donation to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline and the Trevor Project, which is a suicide hotline for bullied LGBTQ kids.

Post by Margot Howard ’13

Jared Littlejohn '15 calls people over for a free hug

Jared Littlejohn '15 calls people over for a free hug

All donations went to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline and the Trevor Project

All donations went to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline and the Trevor Project

Group hugs were free, too

Group hugs were free, too

"If you can't give money, just pay it forward and give a hug around campus," said Littlejohn

No one was spared

No one was spared

Students run in for hugs

Students run in for hugs

Hugs for all generations

Hugs for all generations

Maria Montes '13 and George Ellzey '13

Maria Montes '13 and George Ellzey '13

Editor of the Bowdoin Magazine Allison Bennie receives a hug from Andrew Park ’15

Editor of the Bowdoin Magazine Allison Bennie receives a hug from Andrew Park ’15

Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs Scott Hood gets a hug

Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs Scott Hood gets a hug

Full hands, as in the case of Xander Johnson '14, won't hinder Littlejohn from dispensing hugs

Full hands, as in the case of Xander Johnson '14, won't hinder Littlejohn from dispensing hugs

Hugs for those in motion

Hugs for those in motion

"I love hugs," says Maria Montes ’13. "I'm Colombian so it's in my blood."

Hugs for the tall and the less tall

Hugs for the tall and the less tall

For the well-dressed and the more casually attired

For the well-dressed and the more casually attired

Nate Houran ’13 and Littlejohn

Nate Houran ’13 and Littlejohn

Daniel Ertis '13 receives a hug from Peter Tracy ’14

Daniel Ertis '13 receives a hug from Peter Tracy ’14

Katie Mac '14 is swept off her feet as she gives a friend a hug

Katie Mac '14 is swept off her feet as she gives a friend a hug

Res Life staff Ben Farrell, Associate Director of Residential Education, gets swamped

Res Life staff Ben Farrell, Associate Director of Residential Education, gets swamped

"It comes from a great place. There's a lot of negativity going on in the world," Farrell said of how Res Life got involved with Hugs Against Haters. "Jared put it together this week and we wanted to help him any way we can. And it's great fun."

Jared Littlejohn '15 calls people over for a free hugAll donations went to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline and the Trevor ProjectGroup hugs were free, too"If you can't give money, just pay it forward and give a hug around campus," said LittlejohnNo one was sparedStudents run in for hugsHugs for all generationsMaria Montes '13 and George Ellzey '13Editor of the Bowdoin Magazine Allison Bennie receives a hug from Andrew Park ’15Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs Scott Hood gets a hugFull hands, as in the case of Xander Johnson '14, won't hinder Littlejohn from dispensing hugsHugs for those in motion"I love hugs," says Maria Montes ’13. "I'm Colombian so it's in my blood."Hugs for the tall and the less tallFor the well-dressed and the more casually attiredNate Houran ’13 and LittlejohnDaniel Ertis '13 receives a hug from Peter Tracy ’14Katie Mac '14 is swept off her feet as she gives a friend a hugRes Life staff Ben Farrell, Associate Director of Residential Education, gets swamped"It comes from a great place. There's a lot of negativity going on in the world," Farrell said of how Res Life got involved with Hugs Against Haters. "Jared put it together this week and we wanted to help him any way we can. And it's great fun."

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Comments

  1. Lisa Kelsey says:

    Great idea! We have to do everything we can to increase tolerance and prevent suicide. This gives me even more hope that the rising generation will be more accepting than the generations which preceded it. I’ve forwarded the Slideshow to my other college son, and hope that other college campuses will pick up on this idea as a fundraiser. Besides, a hug is good for everyone!

  2. Stella Murray says:

    New generations need to understand the power of love!!! A hug is always recomforting!Congratulations for the iniative

  3. Mike Coster says:

    Hugs Against Haters
    BEAUTIFUL !!!
    Mike Coster ’57

  4. Marguerite Tompkins says:

    What a wonderful, positive thing to do. I ‘d like to hug this young man.

  5. Antoinette Littlejohn says:

    Great idea! Hugs are comforting. Hugs, somehow, allow us to share a well needed exhale. A Shedding of stress. A small, yet large, non verbal acknowledgement, that you are valued and appreciated. What are we if we can’t, at minimum, in a civil society,
    allow people to express their authentic, non violent desire to love who they love? This entire initiative should ignite student engagement across college campuses everywhere.

    Way to go Jared Littlejohn. We are proud of you!

  6. Sharnette Vidal says:

    Oh, how wonderful! You are going places.

    Love you so much,

    Mookie

  7. when you know the family and friends that have surrounded jared in his life, this outpouring of heart and conscience is no surprise.kudos to a dynamic young man and peers for getting involved and making a difference!

  8. Hannah Cyrus '12 says:

    Jared Littlejohn gives the absolute best hugs! So glad he’s harnessing that power to do EVEN MORE GOOD with it.

  9. Tricia Welsch says:

    I call Jared the Mayor of Bowdoin. He knows everyone and cannot walk from one side of campus–or even one side of the dining hall–to the other without greeting people and being greeted affectionately. Big things ahead for him!

  10. Eunice M. Chery says:

    Jared, I am very proud of you and your initative to take such a stand on bullying.
    You are a great young man. I send a hug to you as well. Hugs make you feel so good.
    It is quite a lift. I am sure your grandmothers and your parents are proud of you. I know Aunt Minnye and I are, also.
    Continue to keep up the good work.

    Aunt Eunice

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