For local business owner Carly Erickson, her beverage company has always been about more than just creating great-tasting drinks.
Erickson's company, Boro Beverages, makes kombucha and other probiotic beverages, and also seeks to create change and positively impact the community. One of the ways she is hoping to positively impact the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community is with her new line of kombucha called This Will Help.
According to a press release about the new drink line, This Will Help “will benefit vulnerable local families who are threatened with detention and deportation.”
The line is being produced by Christine Abernathy, a Carrboro resident, in conjunction with Erickson and her company. Abernathy had the idea to raise money to help families facing deportation after visiting a detention center last summer.
“When I visited an immigrant detention center in March I had no idea what people in this country are going through and what we as taxpayers are financing,” Abernathy said in an email. “I can’t stand by and watch people hurting from a system that I am privileged enough to know nothing about, and I know so many folks I’ve talked to feel the same way.”