One-day goods drive raised more than $839,000 for Kentucky Domestic Violence Association Shelters

FRANKFORT, Ky. – First Lady Jane Beshear today announced the overwhelming success of the 6th Annual Shop & Share Day, a one-day goods drive to benefit Kentucky Domestic Violence Association (KDVA) shelters across the state. The effort raised more than $839,155 in combined goods and monetary donations, setting a record for the highest value of Shop & Share items ever donated.

“Kentuckians showed up in droves this past Saturday, donating their time and money to support victims of domestic violence,” Mrs. Beshear said. “I am proud of our volunteers’ incredible work and of the tremendous generosity of shoppers who donated goods. These contributions will help ease the financial burdens on our domestic violence shelters, and allow staffers to better serve those in need.”

Shop & Share Day was held Saturday, Feb. 1 at Kroger, Food City and Super Dollar Discount Food stores across the state. Volunteers at each store collected goods from shoppers such as non-perishable food items, personal care products and school supplies. One hundred percent of the collected goods and monetary donations for Shop & Share go to KDVA shelters.

Joining Mrs. Beshear today to thank Kentuckians for their contributions were Madeline Abramson, Chair of Kentucky Commission on Women, Rep. Regina Bunch, KDVA President Darlene Thomas and representatives from Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana and Girl Scouts of Kentucky Wilderness Road Council.

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.

About KDVA
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/.




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