Santa Barbara County marijuana companies raise $13.5k for Freedom Warming Centers ahead of winter rainstorm
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. - Temperatures are falling quickly across the South Coast ahead of this week's rainstorm, and the lives of homeless individuals in Santa Barbara County are at risk if they cannot find warmth and shelter.
In an effort to help, local marijuana businesses CARP Growers member farms and The Farmacy of Santa Barbara County partnered up during the month of December on the "Grass Roots" campaign.
This campaign brought together cannabis brands such as Autumn Brands, Glass House Farms, Pacific Stone Brand and Josh D Farms to donate 5% of sales to local causes.
Altogether, these companies raised $13,582 which will be donated to Freedom Warming Centers of Santa Barbara County.
“Freedom Warming Centers does an incredible job saving lives in Santa Barbara,” said Graham Farrar, President of Glass House Group who founded and operates The Farmacy of Santa Barbara and Glass House Farms in Carpinteria. “A culture of compassion is at the heart of the cannabis industry, so when it comes time to help out, we are overwhelmed by support.”
Freedom Warming Centers opens during rainy and cold winter weather to house over 200 individuals per night, sheltering them from harsh temperatures.
This donation to the warming centers will help them purchase food and supplies for each of their locations between Carpinteria and Santa Maria.
"Freedom Warming Centers of Santa Barbara County is deeply appreciative of The Farmacy and local cannabis brands for their interest in our mission and financial support,” said Ed Wesson, FWC Director. “All of our generous supporters and partners make it possible for us to open shelters and save lives."
Last winter's "Grass Roots" fundraiser for Freedom Warming Centers raised about $6,500, making this year's donation over double that total.
CARP Growers said the campaign will return again soon to help raise funds for Last Prisoner Project, a national organization that seeks to release prisoners convicted of cannabis crimes.
For more information about Freedom Warming Centers, which is a program of the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara, click here.