Missing out on hugs from our loved ones is one of the hardest parts of social distancing. One woman from Rockford, Ill. created a safe way her children could embrace their beloved Nana during the coronavirus pandemic. Carly Marinaro built an ingenious “Hug Time” contraption to ensure all hugs would be safe for everyone involved and Nana could finally hold her grandchildren again. 

Hug Machine

Marinaro posted a sweet video on her Facebook page showing the children jumping up and down with excitement as their Nana approaches the structure. “Come on Nana,” said Marinaro. “Put your arms through the slots.”

Hug Machine

“Oh, this feels so good,” said Gagnon, as she finally embraced her grandchildren for the first time in months. 

Marinaro detailed how she put together the frame using PVC tubing, a window insulator kit for a sliding glass door, duct tape and a pair of disposable livestock gloves. Altogether, the materials cost less than $50 and it took less than an hour to build. 

—Jennifer Swartvagher

All photos courtesy of Carly Marinaro

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