Source: The Dallas Morning News
On June 22, 2002 The Dallas Morning News reported that "Ammachi, the spiritual teacher from India known as the 'Hugging Saint,' will lead a series of free programs next weekend in Grapevine," Texas as part of her annual U.S. tour. "The event will include teaching, singing and meditation. And, of course, hugs... Among her followers, Ammachi's hugs are regarded as something beyond the ordinary... People wait hours for them."