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Acts of Kindness - Brothers in bourbon give back

MelendezFoundation vanBrothers in bourbon give back

A van packed full of food and supplies was driven all the way from Texas to Kentucky and donated to Georgetown’s AMEN House recently, thanks to a hero who created his own foundation and a chance friendship with a local bourbon distiller.

Francisco “Paco” Melendez, a search and rescue worker credited with saving six policemen during a hurricane, bourbon aficionado from Texas and creator of the Melendez Foundation, partnered with Jeff Mattingly, owner and president of Bourbon 30, to bring a little love (and bourbon) to families in need. They got to know each other when Paco’s bourbon group visited the distillery and the two discovered a shared passion for giving back.

“We do our best to give back,” said Jeff, noting that Bourbon 30 works with Honor Flight, among various foundations.

“I’m more of a giver than a taker,” said Paco. “Helping people is in my DNA.”

MelendezFoundation PacoNow the two are collaborating on a bourbon that will further help support the work of the Melendez Foundation, a 501C3 that specializes in aiding the community during times of natural disasters, from donating food to search and rescues to paying off a car loan to dropping “Bourbon Love Packs” as a way of honoring wounded Army veterans and others – basically allocating resources as needed – as well as assists with educational programs in elementary schools in Puerto Rico.

“We are putting our heads together to see how we can raise the most money for this foundation,” said Jeff.

We may not know that answer yet, but we do know this: Whatever Jeff and Paco decide, it’ll reflect the Melendez Foundation’s favorite hashtag (and mission): #DontTalkAboutitBeAboutIt.

To see what develops, follow the Facebook pages for Melendez Foundation and Bourbon 30. . .


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