Attempt to give troops a very big hug

July 22, 2008 4:49:36 AM PDT
A school kid in Hawaii wants to give the troops a very big hug.

Nearly 1,700 Hawaii Army National Guard soldiers are getting ready to deploy to Kuwait.

Eleven-year-old Ashley Kakazu came up with the idea of sending the GIs off with a huge hug.

She's organizing an effort to set a new Guinness record for a group hug at the deployment ceremony set for August 16th at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.

The middle-schooler is hoping to have 10,000 people pre-register for the event.

The current group hug record of 6,623 people was set in Mexico.