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Our Mission

We empower and encourage students and teachers to change lives, one student at a time. 

Help Unite Giving Souls to provide underprivileged students with the tools that inspire and cultivate a lifelong love for learning, reading, and creativity.

Give More HUGS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded by educator Chris McGilvery.   GMH works with students, teachers and community partners across the United States to develop their leadership skills and impact the lives of students in their community through our programming.

Our Core Values

Our core values inspire our team to change students’ lives while working with our ambassadors, teachers, and community partners. The impact we make everyday is possible because of these core values:

We value compassionate leadership and collaboration

We value students and teachers voices to be the difference makers in their communities

We value learning, reading and creativity as a tool to empower and maximize students potential

We value education and books for all.

Our Story

Christopher McGilvery

Founder & Executive Director

Give More HUGS began in 2011 when Founder and Executive Director, Christopher McGilvery, moved to Dominica with his wife. During their time on the island, they met many people from all over the world who shared the rich and beautiful Dominican culture with them. Through these encounters, they realized there were things they had taken for granted, like food on their table every night and the opportunity to receive an education to help them pursue their goals and dreams. Many children who live in poverty in Dominica, and all over the world, are not so lucky.

Chris’s mother grew up in poverty in the Philippines where she lived in a bamboo house with dirt floors. Her education was taken away from her at the age of 11 years old when her father made her quit school to focus on her work on the family farm. Though times have changed, not all children have the opportunity to pursue their dreams through education. It was through these experiences that Chris became fully aware of the need for quality education for all and was inspired to start Give More HUGS.