First Lady Jane Beshear is encouraging Kentuckians to volunteer and participate in the 6th Annual “Shop & Share” day, a one-day goods drive to benefit Kentucky Domestic Violence Association (KDVA) shelters across the state. The drive will be held at Kentucky Kroger, Food City and Super Dollar Discount Food stores on the Saturday of Super Bowl weekend, Feb. 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“Domestic violence crosses all spectrums – no matter your race, religion, economic or social standing. Anyone can be affected,” said Mrs. Beshear. “In America, one-third of women report abuse in their lifetime, and many of those women turn to shelters to escape the violence and rebuild their lives. Shop & Share is a simple way for Kentuckians to support domestic violence shelters and help victims and their families. On Feb. 1, while gathering Super Bowl game-day supplies or shopping for weekly groceries, Kentuckians can purchase needed goods and then donate them directly to KDVA shelters.”
According to a Center for Disease Control survey, Kentucky ranks 11th in the nation in terms of people experiencing intimate partner violence.
On Shop & Share Day, volunteers at each Kroger, Food City and Super Dollar Discount Food store will provide a list of items needed at KDVA shelters — such as canned foods, school supplies, toilet paper and soap. Monetary donations will also be accepted.
To sign-up as a Shop & Share volunteer at your local store, visit https://secure.kentucky.gov/FormServices/FirstLady/ShopandShare.
100 percent of the contributions collected through Shop & Share will be donated to the 15 KDVA shelters across the state. To date, Shop & Share has raised more than $2 million in combined goods and monetary donations for KDVA.
Organizational partners for 2014 Shop & Share include the First Lady’s Office, KDVA, Kroger, Food City, Super Dollar stores, the Kentucky Commission on Women, the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana, the Girls Scouts of Wilderness Road Council and the Kentucky Drug Court.
For more information on Shop & Share, visit http://firstlady.ky.gov/initiatives/shopandshare/Pages/. To tweet about Shop & Share, use the hashtag #ShopShare2014.