Casper resident spreads kindness with Free Hug Coupons

Published: Oct. 18, 2021 at 6:07 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - If you’ve been around Casper, you’ve probably noticed 94-year old Selma Schneider. For years now, Schneider has been proudly giving out free hug coupons to spread kindness.

“I thought it would be nice to have the hug coupons to hand out to others and it started as a very small venture but has grown tremendously through the years,” said Schneider.

Schneider has not only made an impact locally but also around the country. She started handing out coupons on airplanes, at treatment centers, and even the grocery story to brighten other’s days.

“When I was checking out one day, I gave a gentleman one and he said ‘well could I have five more? My grandchildren are coming to visit me,” said Schneider.

Schneider says seeing how this small act of kindness can have a huge impact on people is inspiring. She says it warms her heart to know she’s helping others in this way.

“You do it because you love others you want to help. Whether it’s your neighbor or who it is... and some people have said when they receive a coupon, that’s just what I needed today,” said Schneider.

Schneider uses her creativity to also write poems and verse. She says sharing with the world is a great way to remind one another that life is short, and there’s so much to be thankful for.

“You can’t keep up with the changes, but you must be thankful for what you do have because there’s many things that if you think about that you can be thankful for that maybe you don’t even think about in the moment,” said Schneider.

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