Tuesday, 01 28, 2014
One-day Goods Drive Benefits Kentucky Domestic Violence Association Shelters
FRANKFORT, Ky. – First Lady Jane Beshear is encouraging Kentuckians to volunteer and participate in the sixth 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 this Saturday, 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. Don’t let the frigid weather deter you from donating. This upcoming Saturday, while gathering Super Bowl game-day supplies or shopping for weekly groceries, you can purchase goods and share them with our 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.
One hundred 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.
The mission of KDVA is to end intimate partner violence, promote healthy relationships and engage communities through social change, economic empowerment, educational opportunities and other prevention strategies.
Last year alone, KDVA handled more than 23,000 crisis calls and served more than 43,000 men, women and children through its member programs.
For more information, please visit http://www.kdva.org/.