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Huggin’ it out

Aikeem Carter (in white t-shirt) gets a free group hug from employees and students of the Paul Mitchell Beauty School along Caroline Street in Fredericksburg on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013. Employees of the Woodbridge school gathered on Caroline Street to participate in the 5th Annual Nationwide Free Hugs Day held by the Paul Mitchell company. Staff members from locations throughout the country headed to the streets of their locales and offered up free hugs during the event.(PETER CIHELKA / THE FREE LANCE-STAR)

Staff members from the Paul Mitchell Beauty School in Woodbridge gather along Caroline Street to offer free hugs to passersby in Fredericksburg.

Paul Mitchell Beauty School student Nick Miller tries to get Clem, a Jack Russell terrier owned by Aileen Metcalf (left), to warm up to him during the Woodbridge school’s 5th Annual Nationwide Free Hugs Day along Caroline Street.