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"Shop and Share" Helps KY Domestic Violence Shelters

PHOTO: The annual "Shop and Share" one-day goods drive is Saturday, to benefit domestic violence shelters across Kentucky. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.
PHOTO: The annual "Shop and Share" one-day goods drive is Saturday, to benefit domestic violence shelters across Kentucky. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.
January 27, 2014

FRANKFORT, Ky. - It's just one day, but a day that can have a lasting positive effect on the lives of domestic violence survivors. The sixth annual "Shop and Share" benefits domestic violence shelters across Kentucky on Saturday, Feb. 1. On the day before one of the nation's biggest parties, Super Bowl Sunday, volunteers are hoping to collect plenty of donations from busy grocery shoppers.

According to Lisa Gabbard, who organizes the annual fund-raiser for the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association, Governor Steve Beshear's wife Jane came up with the idea.

"The First Lady's idea was that as you were shopping for yourself, you could share an item with the program," Gabbard said. "You know, the shelters have the same needs as people's houses do."

Volunteers will be at Kroger, Food City and Super Dollar Discount Food stores to collect goods. Gabbard said they'll be able to provide lists of the types of items needed, such as as canned foods, school supplies and toiletries. Cash and gift cards will also be accepted.

KDVA operates 15 shelters across the state. "Meghan," a client, said she and her children have been living at the GreenHouse 17 shelter in central Kentucky for four months.

"'Shop and Share' has allowed me to have diapers and wipes," she said. "It's the little things that count, and it allows me to have that for my children."

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), Kentucky ranks 11th in the nation for its number of people who experience intimate-partner violence. Lisa Gabbard said that puts a strain on shelter space and funding.

"People may not even realize, but by donating some food, not only are you maybe providing a meal for a kid who wouldn't have one that day, but you're also allowing us to use our funding to provide other services and serve more people."

Shop and Share volunteers will be at participating grocery stores from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Greg Stotelmyer , Public News Service - KY