"I think it's one of the most meaningful things you can do for another living person, another human being. Just caring about them in that way. And not enough people do it," Matthew Onofrey, with Visiting Angels, told the TV station.
Studies have shown that physical touch is important for overall health.
"Touch can also be reassuring and calming for a person in distress, since it can communicate an offer of support and empathy," according to Medical News Today.
Research has shown that the hugs can make people feel better, regardless of age, gender or martial status.
“Offering a reassuring hug to a person who is in pain or feeling down can actually benefit both the receiver and the giver; both people involved in the interaction experience more positive emotions and feel more strongly connected to each other,” Medical News Today reports.