Dispensary Co-Founders will surprise unsuspecting nominees with $1,000 each to brighten their holidays and ease their financial stress


Many families and individuals find themselves financially strapped during the holidays, but for those who encounter unexpected hurdles, the season can be more stressful than joyous. When you add in the tightening economy, elimination of some federal assistance programs, and the increased costs of housing, groceries, energy, and more, the holidays seem like they will be even more stressful this year as compared to previous years.


In keeping with its commitment to give back to the communities it serves, Mint Cannabis is hoping to make the holidays a bit brighter for local families who can benefit from a little boost. This Tuesday, Dec. 20, Wednesday, Dec. 21, and Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022, Mint Cannabis CEO Eivan Shahara and COO Raul Molina will be channeling a certain jolly old elf by spreading holiday cheer to deserving local families who could use a little extra joy this year. Each family that receives a surprise visit will receive $1,000 in cash.

This third-annual “Adopt-a-Family” effort is near and dear to Shahara and Molina. Each of their families experienced tough times when they were growing up, so they have made it their mission to give back whenever the opportunity arises. In addition to the countless hours that Mint employees volunteer in their local communities, the Mint has donated more than $3 million locally to those in need since its founding in 2017.            


This Tuesday, Dec. 20, the Mint will surprise:

11 a.m. Ashley, a mother who is currently living with her two young children out of a Motel 6 hotel room in Tempe. Her son and daughter are autistic.  Her six-year-old son is non-verbal and requires intensive care. Her daughter will turn four just after Christmas. Ashley recently relocated back to Arizona to flee a domestic violence situation. She is working around the clock to pay the $100 a day hotel rate. She has nothing left over once that is paid. She has storage and phone bills to pay as well and does not have the means to provide Christmas this year to her children.

2 p.m. Kristina, a hardworking single mother in Laveen who is raising nine amazing kids – three girls and six boys. She has raised them all on her own while working a job to make ends meet. With inflation skyrocketing, it makes things harder for her to put food on the table let alone have a nice holiday with her children. Kristina has always done the best she can with what she has for her kids and even though it is not much, it is always enough.

This Wednesday, Dec. 21, the Mint will surprise:

11 a.m. Mario, a husband in Mesa is experiencing severe health issues related to his kidneys. He is a deejay by trade who suddenly started experiencing swelling and other health issues. This led doctors to discover that Mario is experiencing kidney failure. He has been placed on dialysis and has been in and out of the hospital for the last almost two years. Due to his condition, he is now unable to work. Unfortunately, he does not have health insurance and is surviving with the help of friends and family. 

This Thursday, Dec. 22, the Mint will surprise:

Noon Marisol is a hardworking, single mother in west Phoenix with three girls – a 14-year-old, a six-year-old, and a one-year-old. Her family is strong, leans on one another, and finds happiness in the little things in life along with their love of each other.


Members of the media are invited to tag along for these surprise Christmas visits. The exact addresses will be provided upon confirmation of a media member’s interest in joining the Mint team. Please note that the number of media at each visit will be limited out of respect for recipients. If you are interested in being part of a surprise visit, contact Whitney Anderson at or (602) 740-2373 (mobile).


To view and download visuals of the Mint’s surprise Christmas visits from previous years, click here:


Mint Cannabis continues to expand its presence across the country with state-of-the-art facilities. With a reputation for   providing a wide variety of high-quality products and personalized service, the Mint offers the most diverse selection of flower/buds, edibles, and concentrates. The Mint’s flagship location in Guadalupe/Tempe, Ariz. – which introduced the nation’s first cannabis kitchen of its kind in 2018; added a large on-site grow in 2019; and implemented an on-site drive-thru in 2020 – was named “Most Innovative” by the international Commercial Cannabis Awards. With more than 262 employees at its Tempe, Phoenix and Mesa locations, the Mint is poised to open an additional dispensary in Phoenix by the end of this year, in addition to new cultivation and dispensary locations in Nevada, Missouri, Massachusetts and Illinois. For more information, visit  

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