By Talbert Toole
Giving back to his community has been a long-standing tradition for Antonio (Tony) Barragan, owner of Oxford’s Hemp Ville CBD—located at 1801 Jackson Ave.
Beginning July 1, Hemp Ville is offering free school supplies for 10 students from the Oxford, Lafayette, North and South Panola School Districts.
Hemp Ville will announce the winners on July 26. Winners of the give-a-way may pick up their school supplies the first week of August. Students in grades K-12 are eligible to participate.
Barragan said he has always been a huge advocate of investing back into his community no matter where he has lived. While a resident of Panola County, Barragan had actively invested in the community, such as purchasing football jerseys for North Panola.
“We’ve always worked closely with the schools,” Barragan said.
Investing in his communities have reached beyond the confines of a school building, however. Barragan and his family have even hosted students for the holidays including Thanksgiving and Christmas.
“It’s in our nature to do things like this,” he said.
Community engagement is a special connection for Barragan. He said members of communities simply survive off of them.
Being a local store, he said it is important for him and his business to give back to those who shop at Hemp Ville.
Although most of Hemp Ville’s clientele are adults, Barragan said it is still important to give back to the community.
“What we can do is start with the kids,” he said. “We try to help out our students as much as we can.”
Helping students with school supplies is also helping the parents, Barragan said. It can be a huge financial burden when purchasing school supplies for multiple students.
For more information on Hemp Ville CBD, visit the store’s website.