Jeff Ondash, nicknamed Teddy McHuggin, broke the current hugging record of 5,000 hugs in one day. Ondash tallied over 700 hugs during the first hour of his Las Vegas hug-a-thon and finished up with a total of 7,777 hugs. The Canfield, Ohio man already holds the Guinness World Record for most hugs in one hour but wants to try for the world’s longest single hug record--currently 24 hours and 1 second.
Ondash, as Teddy McHuggin hugs as a way to raise money for charities like the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association.
The Heart Association seems particularly appropriate.