Support Central Kentucky ‘beertenders’

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A local group is working to make sure Central Kentucky ‘beertenders’ get the support they need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lex Craft Cares, a nonprofit, shared a post on social media asking for additional support through the purchase of a $20 Pour Your Heart Out t-shirt.

The site said in part, patrons can, “Help support your favorite central Kentucky beertenders during this challenging time! 100% of all proceeds from these shirts will go directly into supporting local beertenders from these same breweries.”

Joe Rice, one of the founding members of Lex Craft Cares, tells ABC36 the nonprofit started with a small group of friends, close to the brewing industry. Rice said as they looked for ways to take care of each other during the early COVID related shutdowns in March of 2020, they started by collecting money from friends, which was used to purchase Kroger gift cards to hand out to employees affected by the shutdowns and out of work.

“This quickly took off and donations started pouring in from folks wanting to help out. We soon realized that what we had hoped would have been a temporary need, wasn’t temporary at all,” said Rice. “We continued to engage the brewing community and those who support it, and began to explore other ways we could keep the momentum going to continue providing support to those friends who truly needed it. We had offers of donations, raffle prizes, etc coming in and we knew that it was something we needed to legitimize and began the process to register as a non-profit, and successfully registered Lex Craft Cares in April 2020.”

According to Lex Craft Cares, the first round of pre-orders will close on February 15. They expect shirts to be printed and delivered to participating breweries by February 19. The site says those who purchased a shirt will be notified via text or email when the order is ready to be picked up at that chosen location.

For anyone who misses the deadline, Lex Craft Cares also shared, “We will offer another round of shirts for purchase after the initial order has been delivered. Stay tuned for those dates and thank you all for your support!”

Stickers are also available for purchase for $1, HERE.

You can view the shirts HERE.

Source: Lex Craft Cares

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