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Val Jenkins founded Hug Don’t Shoot, a local Baltimore non-profit that seeks to bring a sense of peace to the community, “One Hug at a Time.” The organization was born out of Val’s frustration with the city’s high crime rate and an enduring conviction that things could get better by spreading compassion and empathy throughout communities. Hug Don’t Shoot provides anti-violence resources and creates programs and activities that support and educate local youth. The nonprofit also recruits “Hug Dealers” to provide support to local youth, families of victims, and families during the holidays. The organization has participated in more than 500 events at hospitals, nursing homes, and community centers across Baltimore City, to increase awareness about their cause.
On August 3, 2019, Hug Don’t Shoot, along with hundreds of concerned residents, community advocates, and supporters from across Maryland will stand hand-to-hand over more than a 5-mile radius declaring the desire to end gun violence in Baltimore and beyond.