I’m Erin McKennah – Ritter, I was born and raised in Atlanta, GA and currently live in the area with my 2 kids who are 14 and 10 years old. I recently graduated with a masters degree in Clinical Mental Health and hope to work with LGBTQIA+ youth.
I first heard about Free Mom Hugs when Jen Hatmaker posted about her experience at a pride event when she went home covered in glitter after hugging the LGBTQ community and how it gave her so much joy. I reached out to Free Mom Hugs to inquire about volunteer opportunities in my state and began volunteering with the Georgia chapter once it developed. I was new to leadership when someone posted in our leader’s online group that they had an extra ticket for the Wild Goose Festival. Since 2019 was my year of “yes” I jumped at the opportunity to go to North Carolina to meet some of the fellow Free Mom Huggers including Sara Cunningham and Liz Dyer who founded the Serendipity Do Dah Facebook group.
In addition to serving on the national board, I also oversee all of the state chapter leaders to provide support and direction for their initiatives. The year 2020 was not what we had planned, but I have been able to watch some of our states rise above the challenges of Covid-19 to provide love and support for the LGBTQIA+ communities in their states.
Free Mom Hugs is important to me because I believe that everyone should have someone who cheers for them and wants the best for them. We all crave unconditional love and support for who we are, because of who we are and not because of anything we have to do to earn that love and support.