Special to the Daily News
The Shop and Share goods drive event will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Kentucky first lady, Jane Beshear is encouraging Kentuckians to volunteer and participate in the annual event, a one-day goods drive to benefit domestic violence shelters across the state.
“Everyone is aware of the appalling crime of domestic violence and many Kentuckians have had friends or family members who have been victims themselves,” said Beshear. “Shop and share is an easy way for people to contribute to victims and their families. While gathering their game-day supplies or doing their weekly grocery shopping, Kentuckians can purchase necessities for the shelters.”
Volunteers at each participating Kroger and Food City stores will provide a list of items needed at the shelters, such as canned food, school supplies, toilet paper and soap. Monetary donations will also be accepted. Last year, the combined goods and monetary donations for Shop and Share were estimated at more than $782,000.
“Thanks to the generosity and support of Kentuckians, Shop and Share has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for domestic victims and their families,” said Beshear. Every year we reach a new monetary achievement and this year our goal is to collect more than a million dollars in donations.”
All collected contributions will be given to the 15 Kentucky Domestic Violence Association (KDVA) shelters across the state.
Organizational partners for 2013 Shop and Share include: the First Lady’s Office, KDVA, Kroger, Food City, The Kentucky Commission on Women, the General Federation of Women’s Club, the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana, the Girl Scouts of Wilderness Road Council and Kentucky Drug Courts.
During the event, staff from The Family Life Abuse Center along with volunteers will be at both the Food City and Kroger Stores from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Family Life Abuse Center serves victims in Bell, Clay, Harlan, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, Rockcastle and Whitley counties.
If you would like more information about this event, would like to volunteer to help or make a donation, contact Bell County Domestic Violence Victim Advocate, Sheryl Caudel at 606-392-1129.