Recap: Smoke Out Hunger

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Recap: Smoke Out Hunger

Our first Smoke Out Hunger was held this past weekend at W.Curtis Draper (DC & Bethesda) and Civil Cigar Lounge. With the help of Miami Cigar & Company we gave customers a free cigar when they brought in three or more non-perishable food items. Thanks to all who participated by bringing food items, checks and those who sent me $5 via PayPal to buy items on your behalf.

262 pounds collected for @smokeouthunger over the weekend!

All together, we raised 262 pounds of non-perishable food items for Manna Food Center in Montgomery County MD! Not a bad showing for something we created, planned and executed in about a two week timeframe. I’ve already gained interest in making this a yearly event with Draper’s. I am happy to announce that Smoke Out Hunger is expanding! Plans on underway for Smoke Out Hunger events in other parts of MD and VA to support other community food banks.


I’d like to extend my personal thanks to John, Matt, Juan, Ted, Leonard, Paul, George, Jeannie, Justin and the entire Draper Family for their support in making this happen. I’d also like to extend my personal thanks to Barry, Jason, Nestor, Guiellermo, the entire Miami Cigar & Company and La Aurora family for their support in our effort to Smoke Out Hunger.

Lastly, many of you who follow me on social media know that my mom had a stroke on Sunday night. Thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers. Thankfully, in time, she will have a full recovery. Of course this prevented me from actually picking up and delivering the food items to Manna Food Center. Thankfully, my great friend @HumidorNotes took over, let me handle family business and delivered the 262 pounds of food. Thanks buddy for doing the heavy lifting!



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  1. Jerry so sorry to hear about your mother but via Twitter and your posts she seems to be getting better so Prayers continue for you and your family, Second awesome idea to support local groups who all need help. We are our brothers keepers. Keep up the great work!

  2. Jerry,

    On behalf of the entire Miami Cigar & Company team, it was our honor to be part of a special event. Your mom remainsin our thoughts and prayers and we are elated to hear she will make a full recovery.

    Miami Cigar & Company

  3. Great work on helping out those who really need it.

    I lost my mom to a stroke two years ago. I hope for a speedy and full recovery for your mother. All the best to her.

  4. Very happy to see the great accomplishment for such a worthy cause Jerry. Let me know if the Empire can assist you in the future. Best for your mother’s full recovery soon.

    Best Regards,
    Reinado Cigars

  5. I made a donation through the Manna Food Center website. It’s the very least I could do. Best wishes to your mother, I have another friend who’s wife just had a stroke too, both are in my thoughts. Be glad she wasn’t driving when it happened (a story for another time).

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