A grassroots marketing campaign that’s encouraging members of the hashish group to assist homeless individuals has a twist in its strategy. In addition to providing meals and private care gadgets to individuals on the road, Joints for Homeless suggests that folks embrace a bit hashish of their kindness.
Movement Founded In 2015
Shane Pettas AKA Boppin informed High Times that his grandfather taught him to offer again to the group and assist the homeless when he was a child. He’s carried on the custom and stated he plans to show his youngsters to do the identical. While dwelling in Hawaii in 2015, Boppin realized that the individuals he was serving to may recognize a bit herb as properly, and he based Joints for Homeless.
Not lengthy after, Boppin noticed a video posted to Instagram by Damien Menendez that confirmed him sharing weed with homeless individuals in his hometown of Miami. Menendez’s video impressed Boppin to create a devoted Joints for Homeless Instagram web page. The web page now has greater than 43,000 followers. But Boppin stated that’s not what it’s all about.
“I enjoy giving back to the homeless,” Boppin stated. “I’m not doing it for the followers or anything like that. Giving back makes my soul feel good.”
Before lengthy, Menendez turned the spokesman for Joints for Homeless. He stated that somewhat than counting on an operational framework or management hierarchy, the group is about particular person motion.
“If you want to be a part of Joints for Homeless, all you really need to do is just go out there and help the homeless in any way you can,” Menendez stated.
Videos From Around the World
Menendez says that folks from all all over the world have taken up the decision. New movies are posted with the hashtag #JointsForHomeless day-after-day. He stated that he enjoys seeing the movies individuals e mail and tag on social media and estimates that greater than 100,000 joints have been given to homeless individuals within the final three years.
“It’s a nice thing seeing people going out of their way to help somebody,” he stated.
Menendez encourages individuals who need to take part to supply greater than pot to homeless individuals by making one thing he calls “blessing bags.”
“Take a one-gallon Ziploc, and you stick a personal care product in there,” stated Menendez. “Some deodorant, a little personal shaving kit, some wet wipes, some socks … and throw in a couple of joints, a bag lunch. Let someone smoke a joint, eat a lunch, clean themselves up before bed.”
Anyone Can Help
Menendez says that he helps somebody day by day and encourages individuals to do what they will as typically as attainable. He has even helped individuals dwelling on the road discover work and safe a spot in a shelter.
“You can go out of your way sometimes, like me, if you want to,” he stated.
With solely medical marijuana being authorized in Florida, Menendez acknowledges that freely giving hashish is towards the regulation. But he stated he isn’t involved about being arrested.
“You know, honestly I’m not worried about it. Because what are they going to do?” he stated.
Menendez stated the philosophy of Joints for Homeless could be summed up in a message he has for the people he helps.
“You’re a human being, that’s all we care about. You’re a human being and we just want to make sure you can eat a little bit, wash up a little bit, maybe take a hit or two. Have a chance to lay down and maybe figure out a way out of this situation.”
Menendez stated even individuals who aren’t capable of give can present compassion.
“If you want to help a homeless person, just smile at them,” Menendez steered. “Just smile at a homeless person one time. I guarantee you will get a smile back. Because when you’re on the street for that long, and people walk past you and pretend that they don’t see you, you really start to lose it as a human being.”