Hip-Hop artist Devine Carama takes on 'Walk for Warmth'
LEXINGTON, Ky. - For the past five years, Lexington hip-hop artist Devine Carama has been collecting coats for children.
But on Sunday, he will begin a "Walk for Warmth." Carama, also the director of Believing in Forever Inc., will walk more than 100 miles to Morehead and back to support the coat drive. The chilly temperatures are inspiration.
"Five years ago I was driving to work, seen a bunch of kids on the bus stop with no coat, tried to figure out a way that I could give back," Carama said.
Now, this year his coat drive has already collected more than 1,000 coats. His goal is to reach at least 3,000.
"We have true seasons here. When it gets cold, it gets really cold," Carama said. "I've been a single parent before, people get laid off, I've been laid off, so I understand that parents have challenges, kids have growth spurts."
The walking journey to Morehead will take him two or three days. His passion for service earned him the "Daily Points of Light Award" started by former President George H.W. Bush.
The award recognizes individuals making a huge impact in their communities.
"That was the last thing I thought I would ever get," he said. "But you got to keep working. It's great motivation, but you got to keep working."
All coats collected will go to children in need in Eastern and Central Kentucky.
If you would like to make a donation, you can do so by going to BelievinginForever.com or by visit the Believing in Forever Facebook Page.