The owner of a Norwalk liquor store is making very rare bottles of bourbon available this Christmas, but if you want them you’ll need to donate warm clothes.
“This is the first time we’ve done this, and as you’ve seen the amount of support has been huge,” said Harsha Bethi, owner of Beverage King.
Bethi says coats, blankets and shoes are on their way to the Open Doors refuge.
Each donated item earns a certain number of raffle tickets printed just for the occasion.
At the end of the drive, there will be a draw and the 40 winners will be able to purchase a rare bottle of bourbon and other whiskeys at the public price. In some cases, it can mean saving hundreds of dollars.
“So we have a bottle of GTS in there, which is George T. Stagg, and we have it for $ 109.99 I believe. That bottle is usually, in many stores or in the aftermarket, costs around. $ 900, “says Bethi.
The donated items will help dozens of families stay warm this winter.
Open Doors officials say this time of year, winter clothing can mean the difference between life and death.
Bethi says he’s raised more than $ 6,000 in donations from as far away as California.
“All of us, we’re generous, we’re good people. Sometimes we just need that fire under us to be kind of, you know what? Let’s go do something,” Bethi said.