By LARRY VAUGHT
Last week Kentucky coach John Calipari and his wife, Ellen, decided to have his foundation provide financial help for about 500 federal workers in Lexington who have not been receiving paychecks since the government shutdown started.
I have a friend who has received a $500 Kroger gift card thanks to the Caliparis’ generosity — he’s not had a paycheck since Dec. 21.
Now Calipari is encouraging Kentucky fans to donate funds to his foundation that will use the money for to help the furloughed federal.
“We have a lot of people here (in Lexington) that live with us, that work in our city. Five hundred people that are not getting paid. Food, prescriptions, gas; forget about mortgages, rents, cars, insurances— those bills don’t go away. They’re not getting paid,” Calipari said in a video on social media Monday.
“This is unusual times. Never heard of this before. Anytime I’ve asked the Big Blue Nation to get involved with stuff like this— (Hurricane) Sandy, Haiti, Houston— you come through the woodwork. I got to ask you again. Work with us as we try to help these federal workers.”
The donations will go to the 2019 Emergency Shutdown Government Relief Program directed by REACH, a Lexington-based non-profit.
Donations can be made by texting “GIVE” to 859-955-8177 or online at http://caliparifoundation.org/contribute.