A note from Hopegrown: Last year, Parents4Pot’s Annual Cannabis Community Holiday Drive helped 25 families, providing them with their holiday wishes thanks to the generosity of the community. In fact, they raised over $15,000 that all went directly to those families for holiday lists on Amazon and in-kind donations.

You may know a family who fits one of the three types Parents4Pot focuses on to help through their Holiday Drive. Read on to see if you do and, if so, be sure to submit their info for consideration before the deadline this Friday, 11/13/15. (The rest of this article is written by Parents4Pot.)

We're looking for MORE families that need help for the holidays.

We are proud to announce that our annual P4P Cannabis Community Holiday Drive is going to be bigger and better than ever! We are currently considering additional families in need, that we can help have a good holiday season regardless of the difficulties that prohibition has created for them.

This year we are hoping to help twice as many families and raise twice as much funding. We are counting on the community to come through big for families who have been challenged by the restraints and punishments created from the war on cannabis. We focus primarily on three types of families to help with our Holiday Drive.

The 3 Types of Families Helped by Parents4Pot’s Holiday Drive:

The first are POW children whose parents are serving time for cannabis related offenses. We have been honored to be able to help the families left behind by our nation's archaic drug laws. It is sad enough that these families do not get to see their moms or dads on a daily basis, but it is paralyzing to not be able to be a part of the holidays because you are serving time for pot. Our objectives of filling some of the gaps with gifts from P4P in the name of their parents goes a long way to making a bad situation at least a little better.

The second type of families we focus on are refugee families who have had to move to a different state to receive cannabis treatments for children and family members. This is often a difficult situation for families to pull off. In some cases, half of the family is forced to live in one state, while the rest of the family is forced to live in states where cannabis is legal and available. Helping them with holiday gifts goes a long way to them being able to make ends meet. It is crazy that we still live in a society that forces people to move to different states to find safe and effective treatments.

The other type of families we look to help are members of the cannabis community who have simply fallen upon hard times, whether because they lost their jobs or had their homes destroyed in floods or fires. There are people in this community who have dedicated their lives to making the world a better place for cannabis users who have come upon difficult days. We want to make sure to lift up and help the people who have helped the community, and who need a little help to make their holidays special.

If you think you know of a family that falls into one of these categories:

Please contact us as soon as possible so we can get them on our list. In order to be considered, please send an email to parents4pot@gmail.com with the subject line "P4P HOLIDAY FAMILY" with the following information:

  • The name of the family in need
  • Whether they are (a) a POW family (b) a refugee family, or (c) a Cannabis Community Member in need
  • A short description of their situation
  • How to contact them
  • How many people are in the family
  • Any other information you think is relevant

We are hoping to get going on the list sooner than later so please do not hesitate on this. [Reminder: the deadline is this Friday, November 13, 2015.] Get those emails out ASAP and share this page on your social media and communication channels. We are very excited about our ability to help these families and appreciate your assistance in making the holidays a reality for those in need.

If you or your organization would like to commit funds to the drive, please email us at parents4pot@gmail.com with the subject line "P4P HOLIDAY DONATION" and we will follow-up to make arrangements. People can also PayPal money at any time to that email with your request for it to be used for the Holiday Drive in the message area.

Once again, we thank you and are proud to be a part of such a vivacious and generous community. We are truly humbled.