BudTrader.com, the largest social media platform in the legal cannabis space, is conducting a Toy Drive to collect Christmas presents for disadvantaged children. BudTrader is working with entrepreneur and philanthropist Kathy Ireland in support of the Kathy Ireland’s Children’s Christmas Celebration, to be held on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at the North Orange Christian Church in Orange, CA. Through its Toy Drive, BudTrader will be providing presents and Christmas stockings for 300 disadvantaged kids in the community.
“Were honored to be working with Kathy Ireland and her Children’s Christmas Celebration this year,” says BudTrader CEO Brad McLaughlin. “Kathy Ireland is one of the greatest businesswomen and philanthropists on the planet. We are thankful for this opportunity, and looking forward to bringing some holiday cheer to these 300 amazing kids.”
BudTrader will be accepting unwrapped toy donations through December 20th at participating cannabis dispensaries across Southern California. Donation drop-off locations can be found on BudTraders social media pages or on BudTrader.com. Those wishing to donate are asked to bring new, unwrapped toys, books and/or games suitable for children.
Last Christmas, BudTrader donated 48 pallets of toys to an annual toy drive held by UFC champion Chuck Liddell and his wife Heidi to benefit the children receiving care at the Foothill Regional Medical Center Subacute Unit. Kathy Ireland heard about the Liddell’s successful partnership with BudTrader and reached out about organizing a Christmas toy drive for 2018. McLaughlin says he enthusiastically agreed.
“This Christmas will be BudTrader’s second annual Toy Drive,” said McLaughlin in a statement. “Last year a lot of people were confused why a cannabis social media site would do a Children’s Toy Drive? The answer is BudTrader and the Legal Cannabis Community wants to give back as much as possible. In the past, we’ve organized beach cleanups, sponsored AIDS walks and worked with Animal Shelters to find homes for animals that needed adopting. For the last 50 years, cannabis had a negative stigma. We’re working to change that stigma through charitable acts and good deeds.”
McLaughlin is no stranger to using his influence within the marijuana community to champion intersectional issues. One example of such a move occurred earlier this this month at MJ Biz Con in Las Vegas, the largest cannabis trade show in the United States. At the convention, BudTrader sponsored the first ever Women of Cannabis Event, a historic moment within the industry.
BudTrader.com is the largest online cannabis marketplace and social media platform of its kind. The platform is available in the United States where cannabis use is legal, as well as Canada and Puerto Rico. BudTrader has two-million registered users.