“We got to be a part of something so amazing,” said Homie Toe.
To a lot of people, the holiday season is about family friends & traditions. Getting to see family you haven’t seen since last year, eating more food then you can handle, laughing and just enjoying the spirit of the season. But to some people, the holidays aren’t much to celebrate. This year, more than ever, it was important we came together to help the ones that need it the most. 2020 has been the farthest thing from normal. With more jobs being lost then ever before. People’s whole way of life was being destroyed. And a lot of people, family members and friends are even losing their life to this pandemic. The Cannabis Cactus, Home Grown & Mama Juana couldn’t just sit back and do nothing for a community we love and cherish so much. We are thankful to everyone that helped make this possible.
“Since 2017, I started Rep it Sports to give the kids and families in the heart of Glendale an opportunity to join a sport. At the time, Glendale had taken all the youth sport programs away from these kids. So I wanted to start a youth sports league so these kids had something to turn to instead of the streets or gangs and drugs.” Greg, Founder of Rep it Sports
Rep it Sports was the first organization to say “we will help” and gracefully donated 10 fully decorated trees. Founded 4 years ago by Greg Luevano & Adela Guerra Glendale Arizona natives, Rep it Sports is a youth organization that works with youth ages 5 to 13. With scholarships, love and care for our community’s youth, Rep it Sports gets all the kids eligible to play. Register your kids today.
“To see family in true need, crying, saying thank you just thank you. There’s not a better feeling in your heart then being a part of that.” Top Notc
Then it was up to Cactus Cares to do the rest. With its network, Homie toe, Mikey, Kevin, Top NoTc, Adrian and Stephanie took to the internet – securing amazing sponsorships from local businesses including Grow Sciences, Nectar Farms, Exotic Pop AZ, and @smokeeeJ.
“It makes me feel that I suddenly serve a greater purpose than myself. I’m so happy knowing Cactus Cares is now a department within our monthly publication. I love that we call it Cactus Cares. I love the feeling of placing the donations with families full circle. I prayed for this type of community interaction and I’m so happy to see it happening under our cannabis community umbrella.” Michael Cassini
Cactus Cares was able to help provide 10 families, from a mother with an only child to a mother with 5 kids. They received four to five toys each with things like sewing machines, Barbie dolls, footballs, basketballs, remote control cars and helicopters, Play Doh, Lego sets and things like wrapping paper, tape and even stocking stuffers.
“I give back because I like to show the world there are people who still care to give a little extra love,” Stephanie Sabori
With leadership, accountability and dedication, Cactus Cares is ready to make the community a priority.
With the team that’s been assembled to head up 2021, cannabis entertainment or just the general public community is in great hands.
“For me, Giving back means a lot!! I never really understood why or what it did for people exactly. Not the giver nor the recipient, until Christmas 2018! I could not provide for my kids due to my cancer fight in full force, down and out clinging onto life. My kids’ Christmas wishes were COMPLETELY filled by a stranger, someone sponsored my kids. They provided my kids with every wish they had written down on some paper. Not knowing where I was going to end up in the months to follow… LIFE CHANGING! For me, giving back means helping in any way possible, physically, emotionally, spiritually, materialistic items or whatever it is you personally have to offer. No matter where we are in life, we are all able to give back to one another.” Kevin Vontesmar
Sponsors for Cactus Cares Christmas Drive:
Huero and Jessica Robles, Heather and Victor Morales, Monique Escudero, Alexis Salas, Alex Lebario, Jonathan Easterwood, Rojo Pest Control, David Leyba, Steve Parra, Sean Espinoza
Adam Maya aka “The HoMiE ToE” is one half of the Arizona music group “HoMe GrOwN”. Within the Arizona group, ToE is the manager, event planner, promoter, beat producer, etc. The co-host and co-founder of HoMe MaDe GeNiUs Podcast – a podcast that provides a networking platform for Arizona. He is a loving father and dedicates his life to his children. ToE also spends time volunteering at a youth sports organization called Rep it Sports, where he is a coach, event organizer, counselor, and mentor. ToE is cannabis friendly and believes in working hard, staying loyal and just loving living life. All smiles Arizona native.