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Hugg-A-Planet, a Vermont toy company, is promoting the cause of peace this Christmas. Hugg-A-Planet Earth is an award winning toy with a peaceful purpose has appeared in the hands of world leaders and at major world events. The simple act of hugging the planet can teach caring and peacefulness. This safe, timely and educational toy is exactly what the world needs right now. Now one of the BEST 25 TOYS OF 25 YEARS, Parents' Choice Foundation.

Essex Jct. VT. A Vermont toy company, is promoting the cause of peace this Christmas with a soft planet earth you can hug. “The Hugg-A-Planet earth is that unique product that can make a difference. There is nothing else like it. When you see a two year old hugging the planet you feel there is hope in the world. Our view of the world changed with the first picture of the Earth from the moon. The Hugg-A-Planet takes that feeling one step further by actually putting the world in your hands. What we created is classic toy with a peaceful purpose," said Hugg-A-Planet Founder Robert Forenza.

It's not just a toy for children. Parents and grandparents are the ones most thankful for a safe, soft, educational toy. It. can be used to teach world geography, with over 600 locations identified and is available in three languages: English, French, and Spanish. Adults often pass it back and forth sharing their knowledge of the world, pointing out places they have visted and talking of experiences they have shared. "It is amazing how people naturally gravitate to hugging the planet ," says Robert Forenza. A novel way to demonstrate how we share one world and a common destiny. The gift that promotes the cause of peace.

Mahatma Gandhi said "If we are to reach real peace in this world... we shall have to start with the children." Whatever experiences a child has in their first five years will shape the rest of their life. Think about how difficult it is to hurt someone or something you have hugged. There are now children all over the world hugging our planet. By the simple act of hugging the planet we teach caring and peacefulness. This is exactly what the world needs right now.

Since the Hugg-A-Planet started in 1982 this simple idea has showed up at some major world events. In 1985 a reporter took a Hugg-A-Planet earth to the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty negotiations in Geneva. In June 1988 USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev was handed one by a grandmother on National TV. In 1993 Pope John Paul II received as a gift a Hugg-A-Planet. In 1995 Vermont's Governor Howard Dean gave a Hugg-A-Planet Earth to every state Governor.

Hugg-A-Planet is celebrating its 20th year. Manufactures a line of soft globes and environmental toys and has won of over 20 awards. The Hugg-A-Planet Earth has been featured in many movie and television shows. Products include the Famous, Classic Hugg-A-Planet® Earth in 3 sizes, available in English, French, and Spanish, There also is a special edition of the toy which has a secret pocket. a geophysical globe, a Hugg America®, a Hugg-A-Star® and line of organic cotton soft animals. These products and others are available online at The company offers businesses and non-profits the ability to promote their business with customized products, placing their name on the world.

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