LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)– A local activist says he faced a setback when the money he raised for his newest community project was stolen.
Devine Carama is a well-known activist, hip hop artist, and the director of Believing in Forever Inc.
“Hip hop was born to be a voice for the voiceless,” he said. “I feel like you get the energy that you give, I feel like I’ve tried my best to give positive energy to the community, and I feel like they are giving it back.”
On Tuesday night, Devine held a hip hop fundraiser for his newest project Community in the Corners. For these events, he plans to perform his music in neighborhoods while handing out supplies such as diapers, food, toiletries, and more to whoever is in need.
He raised $400 at the hip hop fundraiser, which he then put into his wallet. He had plans to deposit the money in the bank, but he says his wallet was stolen before he could get there.
“My wallet was stolen, so all of the money we had raised, even some of my personal funds, were taken less than 24 hours after the fundraiser,” he said.
While Devine has already received several donations, losing $400 will set back the mission some, but he is confident the community will rally to help him.
“Even though this really did set us back, I just have faith in God and the community we will come back stronger than ever,” he said.
The first Community in the Corners event is scheduled for Saturday, June 22. If you would like to donate supplies, you can drop them off at The Plantory on West 6th Street, or you can donate to the Believing in Forever Inc Facebook page.