OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) - With all that's going on in the world, the simple act of wrapping your arms around someone with a big smile can go a long way.
That's what Oakland police officer Christie Amaral was doing about two weeks ago on Lakeshore Avenue in front of Peet's Coffee.
She decided to join two men holding "One Million Free Hugs: Make America Kind Again." As Tex Allen, founder of "Hugging America," and a pal shouted positive affirmations to passersby, she stood at the corner, patting kids and adults on the back, giving warm embraces to anyone who wanted one.
"She's a hugger for sure," cousin Adrienne Navarro said of Amaral. "She's awesome."