Rapper heading back to the streets for 48 hours to help get coats for annual drive

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A drive to help supply kids in Central and Eastern Kentucky with coats still needs help to reach its goal.

This is the fourth year for the "A Coat To Keep The Cold Away" drive. This year rapper Devine Carama says their goal is to give out nearly 3,000 coats. Carama explains the group partners with schools across central and eastern Kentucky, which send in requests for how many coats they need. This year, the drive got a record number of requests.

"This year we had over 2,700 coats requested from kids in central and eastern Kentucky. Right now we purchased between 1,400 and 1,500. So, we're just over half, but we still need another 1,200 to 1,300 coats."

Two weeks ago, Carama camped out in downtown Lexington for 24-hours and rapped some of his songs to help raise money for the cause. He raised more than $2,000. On Wednesday morning, he will head back out near the circuit court building, this time for 48-hours to rap in order to raise funds for his mission.

"I'll be performing once every hour for 48 hours from Wednesday to Friday and hopefully continue to inspire and empower people, but then also raise awareness for our youth coat drive."

Anyone interested in helping can drop donations off at The Plantory located at 501 West 6th Street, Suite 250. The organization says they are not accepting any used items, and any donation must be brand new. Contributions can include money, coats, hats, and gloves.
You can also make donations via Paypal or the Cash app using the number 859-303-2637. Checks should be made payable to "Believing in Forever, Inc."

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