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Lexington Artist, Activist Honored By Late President Bush

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) – Another Lexington native was honored by the “Points of Light” foundation for his volunteer work.

“Points of Light” was founded by late President George H.W. Bush. Earlier this year, Devine Carama was named an honoree by the organization for his charity work with his non-profit “Believing in Forever.”

Bush sent the artist a letter congratulating him.

Carama, an artist and activist, is widely known across the state for his “A Coat to Keep the Cold Away” drive.  In 2017, Carama rapped outside in the cold for 48 hours without a coat, even sustaining frostbite.

This year, the activist will embark on a round-trip walk from Lexington to Morehead, once again braving the elements. He will leave from Total Grace Church on North Limestone around 1 p.m. Sunday. The goal is not only to bring awareness to how many children go without a coat but to distribute coats to children in need.

Carama is the second Kentuckian honored by the organization. Lexington native Zachary Dearing was also honored for acts of heroism during Hurricane Harvey.

If you would like to help Carama’s “A Coat To Keep The Cold Away” coat drive, here’s how you can donate:

1.) Cash App to $BelievingInForever

2.) PayPal to 859-303-2637

3.) Venmo to 859-303-2637

4.) Checks can be written to Believing In Forever Inc. to 501 W. 6th Street, Suite 250, Lexington, KY, 40508.

5.) BRAND NEW youth coats dropped off to the Plantory at 501 W. 6th Street, Suite 250, Lexington, Ky, 40508.

6.) Direct coat purchase link on website – http://www.believinginforever.com/countdown

Melissa Ratliff

Melissa Ratliff

Melissa is the Executive Producer of Digital Content at LEX 18.
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