The Facebook post of a Pennsylvania father has turned viral after receiving free & # 39; father hugs & # 39; had given during the Pittsburgh Pride parade and had comforted strangers who had been rejected by their families because of their sexual orientation.
Howie Dittman, 44, went to the Pride parade with a group of friends who enjoyed June 9 & # 39; free dad hugs & # 39; and & # 39; free mom hugs shirts & # 39; wearing his arms open to strangers and offering a comforting embrace.
He went to the social network to explain how he & # 39; hundreds of hugs & # 39; and while most were joyful, & # 39; fell too much & # 39; in his arms with heartbreaking stories.
& # 39; He was kicked out at 7 pm when his parents found out. They haven't talked to him since. He cried on my shoulder. Sobbed. Squeezed me in everything he had. I felt a little bit of that pain that he carries with him every minute of the day. He was abandoned because of whom he loves, & he shared.
Pennsylvania father Howie Dittman, 44, has become viral because he has free & # 39; dad hugs & # 39; gave during the Pittsburgh Pride parade and comforted strangers who were rejected by their families because of their sexual orientation. Pictured above at the June 9 parade, strangers cuddle
Dittman was inspired by his friend Dena Hays (pictured together) who attended the Pride parade with Free Mom Hugs, an organization that advocates equality for LGBTQ
He opened his story about opening eyes on Facebook and sharing stories about some of the heartbroken strangers he comforted
& # 39; And on June 9, 2019, he participated in a love celebration when he was brought to his emotional knees by a shirt that & # 39; FREE DAD HUGS & # 39; said to a completely unknown person, & # 39; he added.
He opened himself to another woman who, with tears in her eyes, fell into The Arms of Dittman.
& # 39; She stood before me and looked at me with a look of sadness and helplessness that I will never forget. She hugged me with everything she had. And I embraced her. She held out for so long, melted in me and thanked me endlessly. And I can't stop thinking about her. What she must go through with her family …, & he said.
& # 39; Imagine that, parents. Imagine that your child IS SO LOST OF YOU that they sink into the arms of a complete stranger and sob endlessly just because that stranger is wearing a shirt with hugs from a father, & he added.
He told the story of a man who was kicked out of his house at the age of 19 because his parents found out he was gay and a girl approaching him in tears. He said he hopes his work will help parents understand how trauma and emotional pain they have inflicted on their children when they reject them
& # 39; It was incredibly powerful and humble to be part of those moments & # 39 ;, Dittman said during the event. Dittman in the photo is hugging a stranger
His position has collected more than 363,000 likes and more than 261,000 shares.
Speaking of his good deed, the man from the city of Karns says that he and his peers have left with a & # 39; deeper understanding of the abyss as pain & # 39; feel rejected by their family.
& # 39; It was incredibly powerful and humble to be part of those moments & # 39 ;, he said Fox35.
Dittman hopes that his work will teach the parents to think twice about their children and to reject them for whom they love.
He recalled the high emotions of the Pride parade to his wife and said: & It was great and I am really pissed off. I'm not good at this. & # 39;
& # 39; Imagine that, parents. Imagine that your child IS SO LOST OF YOU that they sink into the arms of a completely unknown person and sob endlessly just because that stranger is wearing a shirt with hugs from a father, & said Dittman. It is pictured above on social media
& # 39; How are these people parents? What are you doing? How can you treat your children this way only because of who they love? Even if you don't agree, how can you just cut them off? & # 39; he added People Magazine.
Dittman runs the Helping Butler County volunteer group and is committed to helping his community.
He said he was inspired to attend the Pride Parade after Denna Hays, the founder of the Butler County Alliance for Children, who responded to a Facebook event entitled Free Mom Hugs chapter page.
& # 39; It sounded like a great way to put a smile on people's faces, and I suspected that fathers in general would probably not accept that people in the LGBTQ lifestyle are like a mother would be , & # 39; said Dittman Parents.com.
So far he has handed out more than 700 hugs and is not about to stop soon.
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