Little Hug Rewards Georgia Teacher's Back To School Generosity

Aug 12, 2013, 13:12 ET from American Beverage Corporation

VERONA, Pa., Aug. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Robert Horne, a special education teacher from Gainesville, GA is preparing to do what he's done at the start of every school year for decades. He's putting the needs of his students first. This year, though, the stakes are much higher.

A few months back Mr. Horne stopped at Walmart to pick up some drinks and snacks to give his students an end of the year party. One item he bought was Little Hug Fruit Barrels, the juice drink his class likes best.  He didn't realize that there was a promotion going on and that certain cartons contained instant cash prizes until he opened a carton and found a $3000 prize inside.

Mr. Horne's immediate reaction was to think about the best way to spend the prize money to improve his classroom. He decided to go big, and buy iPads for his classroom. At least that was the plan, until an unexpected health issue came along.  Mr. Horne learned that he had cancer.  That news probably would change the priorities of most people, but Mr. Horne was undeterred. Those iPads still needed to get into the hands of his kids.

When Little Hug heard that Mr. Horne planned to donate iPads to the classroom, they jumped right in.  "We're committed to great schools and to recognizing great teachers who make them," said Tim Barr, Vice President of Marketing for Little Hug. "And besides, when your tagline is 'Give a Hug, Get a Smile' you really need to smile on such a positive story."

Little Hug donated 20 iPads to Gainesville High School. "Wow!" said School Principal Mrs. LaCrisia Larkin. "We're always telling kids that when they do good things, they will be rewarded. Here's first hand proof!"

Little Hug added a sweet punctuation mark to the gift by providing a free year's supply of its fruit drink barrels to every student in his class. "Mr. Horne has set such a great example of sharing," said Tim Barr, "that we wanted to give each family enough free Little Hug coupons to share with their friends and family in the community."

In case you are wondering, Mr. Horne's doctors say that his cancer has been detected very early, and are very hopeful about his treatment. And, there are still plenty of cartons of Little Hug available with instant cash prizes in them, including a $10,000 grand prize. That means there are plenty more smiles to go around.

About Little Hug Fruit Barrels
Introduced in 1974, Little Hug Fruit Barrels have been a favorite for kids and parents for almost 4 decades. The 8 oz. fruit drink, with its iconic barrel-shaped bottle and foil cap, was the first single-serve kids drink on the market. Little Hug Fruit Barrels are available as individual bottles, 6 packs and 20 and 40 count variety packs and are sold in grocery stores, convenience stores, mass merchandisers, drug stores and warehouse clubs across the U.S. Little Hug Fruit Barrels is a brand of the American Beverage Corporation. For more information, please visit or

About American Beverage Corporation
American Beverage Corporation (ABC) is a leading North American consumer beverage company engaged in the manufacturing and marketing of branded fruit flavored beverages. ABC's headquarter is based in Verona, Pennsylvania.

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