Lexington based hip-hop artist rapping for 24 hours to raise money for coat drive

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT)- A Lexington based hip-hop artist is on a 24-hour rapping mission in downtown Lexington to raise money for a coat drive.

For the fourth year in a row, rapper Devine Carmara is heading up the 'Coat to Keep the Cold Away" youth coat drive. In 2016 Carama gave away over 1,500 coats to children in need across Kentucky.

He says so far he has received thousands of requests for coats. He hopes that rapping for the next 24 hours will raise money to help him continue to provide coats.

"We're just trying to raise money for our youth coat drive," Carama told WKYT. "We've got almost 3,000 requests from youth in need from eastern Kentucky and central Kentucky. We've got about 800 coats purchased, so we've got about 2,200 more to go, and we're trying to raise awareness and raise money."

WKYT checked in with him around 3 a.m. on Wednesday; he said he raised more than $2,000 at that point and called it a success.

Anyone interested in helping can drop donations off at The Plantory in Lexington located at 501 West 6th Street., Suite 250. The organization says they are not accepting any used items, and any donations must be brand new. Contributions can include money, coats, hats, and gloves.

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