Local marijuana activists will host a collection drive for Toys-for-Tots in Camden during their holiday party Tuesday, Dec. 20 at Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) in Philadelphia.
Tuffy’s Fight: A Cannabis for Epilepsy Foundation co-hosts the party along with N.A. Poe of Philly Smoke Session. PSS holds quarterly events that raise awareness of medical marijuana and legalization efforts and always include a benefit for local families and non-profits.
They frequently partner with Tuffy’s Fight, a registered non-profit in New Jersey and named after Tatyana “Tuffy” Rivera, a 9-year-old girl with a rare form of epilepsy that causes frequent seizures. Tuffy is a registered medical marijuana patient in New Jersey and has been using cannabis oil to combat her symptoms for several years and to tremendous results.
“I can remember when I received a coat and a few toys from a similar drive when I was a kid,” said Tuffy’s father Ricardo Rivera. “I never forgot the feeling I had when someone helped us. It brings me great joy to be able to give back during the holiday season.” Rivera, a Camden native, is also touched by the outpouring of love and support Tuffy and the foundation have received from the Philadelphia cannabis community.
Poe is a consultant with Tuffy’s Fight and he wants to raise awareness of the organization in advance of a March kick-off gala for Tuffy’s Fight. Poe says Rivera and Tuffy’s plan to open a community center to educate people in the tri-state area about the medical value of cannabis.
Tuesday’s party starts at 8 p.m. and is free to enter. Guests, who must be 21+, are asked to bring new, unwrapped toy for boys or girls newborn to 10 years old.