Lexington hip-hop artist halts care packages to encourage social distancing

Posted at 1:19 PM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 20:57:54-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Making plans is a pastime considering the coronavirus restrictions that seem never-ending.

Local hip-hop artist and community activist Devine Carama said his plan that he told LEX 18 about to serve his community came to a screeching halt Monday. "We planned on doing this all throughout the quarantine. So we were shooting for maybe 500-600, but 150 was kind of our benchmark for the first round."

For the past three weeks, he loaded crates full of food, cleaning and household supplies, and kids' items. He then delivered 151 of those crates to kids' homes in underserved areas of Lexington.

"A lot of the families are struggling, they're not used to having kids there all day. A lot of them aren't working. So us being able to bring some of these care packages is kind of helping them fill in the holes that otherwise they might not be able to fill in," explained Carama. "So for me, it's just kind of letting me know that what we're doing is making a difference and that's what it's about for us."

His family and Governor Andy Beshear pleading for Kentuckians to stay home and practice social distancing pushed him to make the decision.

"We probably been arguing about the last two weeks. But then I started kind of feeling a little anxiety and I was just kind of like you know what, alright, you know, things getting worse. I need to get in the house," said Carama.

Now that he is finished with the care package project for the time being, he said it will open up time for another way he can serve the community, through writing.

"I'm actually working on a new album now called 'Worshipping in the Wilderness.' So it's talking about quarantine, coronavirus, everything our family communities went through, leading up to it going through it hopefully on the other side," Carama said. "And then I writing my first book, which is going to be a children's book. So I've been working on that for a few months now so a lot of things I haven't been able to finish, now I got plenty of time to get it done."