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In 2013 Kari Rene Hunt was murdered by her estranged husband at a hotel in Marshall, Texas. During this attack, their 9-year-old daughter tried feverishly to contact help through 911. However, since we do not teach our children to dial anything other than 911 and this hotel required anyone making a call to dial a 9 first to obtain an outside line, she never reached help. She tried relentlessly, not knowing why the phones wouldn't work. After hearing this, Kari's father, Hank, started a campaign to change the way Multi-Line Telephone Systems operate. In 2016 Kari's Law was signed by President Trump, requiring all MLTS to make 911 obtainable by dialing the digits 9-1-1. A few years later, Kari's "Bonus" Mom D.J., told Hank that she missed Kari's Hugs and produced a blanket that she had embroidered with the words "Kari's Hugs" in one corner. She asked, "Do you think if we made these with "Kari's Hugs" embroidered in one corner, we could buy more and donate them to Police, Fire, and EMS to use in the field in case of Domestic Violence, car accidents or house fires?" Hank's first reaction was, "That's something I could get behind, and thus, "Kari's Hugs" was born.
At Kari's Hugs, our vision is to create a place where assistance to those in time of need is a top priority, and individuals can access the resources they need to achieve optimal well-being.
We make it simple. If you purchase a Kari's Hugs blanket, we will use those funds to buy blankets to contribute to Fire, EMS and Police departments for use in the field when protection from the elements is a priority