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Giving at the Grocery - Saturday is Shop and Share Day

PHOTO: Shop and Share Day, the annual goods drive benefiting the state's domestic violence shelters, is this coming Saturday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at more than 100 participating grocery stores. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.
PHOTO: Shop and Share Day, the annual goods drive benefiting the state's domestic violence shelters, is this coming Saturday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at more than 100 participating grocery stores. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.
March 23, 2015

FRANKFORT, Ky. - This coming Saturday you can make going to the grocery store a way to help others. Saturday is Shop and Share Day, the annual goods drive for the state's network of 15 domestic violence shelters. Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear came up with the idea after seeing the overwhelming needs in the shelters.

"In these last eight years we have collected over $3 million worth of goods and dollars for these shelters," says Beshear. "That's a phenomenal gift from so many people all over Kentucky."

Volunteers will hand out a list of items needed to customers who shop in more than 100 Kroger, Food City and Super Dollar Discount Food stores.

Lisa Gabbard, training coordinator with the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence, says many victims come to the shelters on the spur of the moment to escape an abuser.

"A lot of them will have absolute nothing," says Gabbard. "They're going to need personal care items including shampoo, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste and all those kind of things. The vast majority of folks who go into shelter do bring children so we always need things for children."

Gabbard says non-perishable food items are also on the list. Shoppers can also give a gift card or make a cash donation.

Last year the state's domestic violence network handled more than 23,000 crisis calls and served more than 42,000 men, women and children through its various programs. Gabbard says on Shop and Share Day volunteers often hear from customers why they are willing to help.

"Somebody who volunteers at that given store on that day will hear 'you helped a family member, you helped me, you know, somebody I know at work had to stay at your shelter and they talked about how great it was so I want to support your cause.' It's very heartwarming," says Gabbard.

Shop and Share volunteers will be in the participating grocery stores from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday.

Greg Stotelmyer , Public News Service - KY