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NEED A HUG? STEP RIGHT UP

Published Jul. 31, 2007

LARGO

Bob Schiffer, 69, of Largo gives a hug to Christ the King Lutheran Church member J.T. Dolan, 5, of St. Petersburg at Sunday's 11 a.m. contemporary service in Largo. Schiffer's routine is to stand in a breezeway before services begin, holding a sign that says: "Free Hugs.'' Schiffer, a 28-year church member, said he has gotten hundreds of hugs since starting the service. "They know I'm the hug man," he said. Schiffer said he also offers handshakes to those who don't want a hug.