LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – When the weather is cold, many people reach for a coat to keep themselves warm, but not everyone has one in their closet.
In 2017, hip hop artist, motivational speaker and director of Believing in Forever, Inc. Devine Carama stood outside the Fayette County Courthouse, in the cold, performing for 48 hours.
Carama was frost-bitten and has permanent nerve damage from his time outside, but he says it was all for a good cause.
He was raising awareness for his yearly coat drive, making sure kids in need have new winter coats to keep the cold away.
Carama says each year, the drive has grown. This year, the goal is three thousand coats, the highest number yet. But, the donations are coming in slower than usual. So, Carama is setting out to grab attention and encourage donations again this year, but in a different way.
Carama will be walking from Lexington to Morehead and back to Lexington. He will be walking through towns, rather than along interstate, making for nearly 200-miles round-trip in about three days.
According to Carama, because he is walking through town, there are several places along his planned route where he will be able to stop to rest, making sure to care for himself, hopefully avoiding any health hazards like he dealt with last year.
“But at the same token, I want it to be a sacrifice,” said Carama. “I want to keep walking so I’m not going to stop too much, but I am going to take care of myself on the way.”
But, why sacrifice your warmth, comfort and, possibly, health as awareness for others?
“That’s American history,” said Carama. “When you look at leaders and activists of the past in America, it was personal sacrifice that they made that brought people to a cause or a mission.”
Right now, Carama has about a thousand coats, still needing two thousand by next Wednesday.
If you would like to donate to Carama’s coat drive, you can do so via Venmo, PayPal or Cash App to 859-303-2637. Checks can be made out to ‘Believing In Forever Inc.’ and mailed to 501 W. 6th Street, Suite 250, Lexington, KY 40508.
New coats can be dropped off at the location above Monday-Friday, 9 am – 5 pm.
Donations are needed by Wednesday, December 12, before students are out of school for winter break.
The Walk for Warmth kicks off Sunday, December 9 at Carama’s home church, Total Grace Church.
For more information about Believing in Forever, Inc., click here.