He was just a 12-year-old kid in Southeast Minnesota who loved making people smile.  Hunter Biermeier was a kid at my church and I will never forget when I heard the news that he had passed away from an ATV accident.  But Hunter's dream of bringing smiles to others has not disappeared.  In fact, because of Hunter, more kids are being comforted today thanks to the Hugs From Hunter Foundation and a huge event is happening in Rochester on October 29th that will help keep the smiles coming.

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Hugs From Hunter Waffle Event in Rochester, Minnesota Helps Bring More Smiles to Kids

Skip the cereal on Saturday, October 29th, and go enjoy some amazing waffles with all the fixings and know that each bite is helping kids in our area find comfort.  The Hugs From Hunter Foundation is once again bringing the annual waffle breakfast to Rochester, Minnesota and everyone is invited to eat!

Twelve year old Hunter Biermeier had a fun-loving, contagious personality and smile. He was best known for his love of sports and also excelled academically. Hunter had a strong faith in God and Jesus as his savior and declared this through believer's baptism in October 2011.


One of Hunter's goals was to visit children in the hospital and read to them. He loved to make people smile. Hunter's life was cut short by an accident in November, 2011.

To fulfill Hunter's desire to make children smile; the Hugs from Hunter Foundation was created. Our mission is to provide comfort to children in crisis. We provide children a cuddly teddy bear and a security blanket to comfort them during difficult times. - hugsfromhunter.org

Everything you need to know about the Hugs From Hunter Waffle Event

Get to know Hunter - Here's the video he recorded just a few weeks before he passed away

A few weeks before Hunter's accident, he recorded a video that played while he got baptized at Christ Community Church.  As you watch the video, you'll see that he truly was an enthusiastic little guy who loved sports!

Learn more about the Hugs From Hunter Foundation

I know people from Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, and all over the United States are reading these stories and if for some reason you can't make it on the 29th to enjoy some waffles but you still want to help the foundation, check out their website here.  They describe the various locations where teddy bears and blankets are brought to kids in a time when they need a gentle hug and some comfort.  You can also see how you can join in to help the cause too.

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