A taste of love

SCP Hotel, local yoga instructor plan cookie, sock drive to benefit the homeless

The gifts have been opened and the last crumbs of the pastries swept away. Remnants of holiday feasts sit in refrigerators as final reminders of a packed dinner table surrounded by friends and family. 

Yes, for many of us, the holiday season is over.  

But for Felicia Hug, the owner of and instructor at Traveling Hug Yoga, and for SCP (Soul Community Planet) Hotel Colorado Springs, there are still a few hundred gifts of love and warmth to give away. Hug and the SCP have teamed to host a sock and cookie drive, aimed at collecting foot-warming ware and tasty treats for some of the city’s less-fortunate residents.  

Dubbed “Sweet in the Stomach, Warm on the Feet,” the event aims to gather 300 pairs of new socks and stuff 300 bags of cookies for distribution to the community’s homeless. It is scheduled for 3 to 6 p.m. Jan. 12 at the hotel, located at 2850 S. Circle Drive.

 “I’m very community driven,” Hug said. “My whole mission of my business is that people feel loved, no matter who they are. You don’t know someone’s story but if you just give them a hug – or a cookie – it can change their whole day.

“I thought it would be a great way to give back and to get people to the SCP.” 

Anyone who wishes to help decorate cookies or stuff bags may show up during the drive and lend a hand. Donations will be distributed to the Colorado Springs Rescue Mission, Hug said. She has been working with area stores on sock and frosting donations; however, private donations of either footwear or baked goods will be welcome. 

Hug and SCP Hotel staff members have committed to baking hundreds of sugar-type cookies for the event; but as with the footwear, the more the merrier.  Consider it the icing on the pastry.

  “Anybody can bring any type of cookie,” Hug said with a grin. 

The SCP Hotel, which recently opened in Southeast is built on holistic hospitality and a belief that conscious, sustainable living doesn’t end when guests leave their homes. It also maintains a strong community focus, offering work and meeting space, a music venue and yoga classes, among other amenities. 

So when Hug, who leads sunrise sessions there on Tuesday mornings and Sunday afternoon unwind yoga classes, broached the idea of the cookie drive, the hotel team immediately agreed.

For their part, SCP staff members have been working with vendors to collect drive donations, such as icing. The event will be followed by live music from indie singer and songwriter Brandon Henderson, and volunteers who stick around will receive a free pint.

For more information, contact the SCP Hotel at info@scphotel.com or 430-5400, or message Hug on Facebook at Traveling Hug Yoga.

To Hug, the drive is more than a mission, it’s personal. She is also a kickboxing instructor at a gym near the Rescue Mission, and she has befriended a client of the mission. When she includes him in outings or events, Hug said, she can see the change in him. 

 “My purpose is to give back to the homeless community,” she said. “To say ‘hey, you’re not forgotten. We care about you, too.’ ” 

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CHECK IT OUT
Who: SCP Hotel and local yoga instructor Felicia Hug
What: “Sweet in the Stomach, Warm on the Feet” sock and cookie drive
When: 3 to 6 p.m. Jan. 12
Where: SCP Hotel, 2850 S. Circle Drive
Why: To collect socks and decorate and package cookies for the homeless. Donations will benefit the Colorado Springs Rescue Mission.
Further details: Contact the SCP Hotel at info@scphotel.com or 430-5400, or search for Traveling Hug Yoga on Facebook.

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