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Help Needed for Good Cause: Shop and Share

A trip to the grocery Saturday in Kentucky can help others - those who depend on the state's domestic-violence shelters. (Greg Stotelmyer)
A trip to the grocery Saturday in Kentucky can help others - those who depend on the state's domestic-violence shelters. (Greg Stotelmyer)
September 26, 2016

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Help is needed this coming Saturday across Kentucky for a one-day fundraiser that benefits the state's network of 15 domestic violence shelters.

Organizers of Shop and Share – the annual goods drive in 132 grocery stores across the state – say you can help by volunteering, giving or both.

Coordinator Lisa Gabbard says Shop and Share is "very short" of volunteers to hand out the list of needed items to customers.

"And if folks don't seem to understand exactly what that means or they don't know where the shelter is, or they're not aware of services, that person can talk to them about those things," she explains.

Gabbard says Girl Scouts will be among the volunteers again this year at the participating stores, including all Kroger and Food City locations.

She says customers can donate goods or money while shopping between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday.

To find out more about volunteering or donating, go to the >initiatives page on first lady Glenna Bevin's website.

Gabbard says the fundraiser is a huge help to domestic violence shelters.

"They need everything,” she states. “Some folks, literally, get out with the clothes on their back. So they may need clothing, they may need personal care items, and most people who come to shelter bring children. So, those kids are going to need clothes and food."

Gabbard says shoppers also can give a gift card or make a cash donation.

Pat Geveden of Frankfort has volunteered since Shop and Share's inception. She says she enjoys making community service her focus.

"I've seen first hand the needs of foster care children and domestic violence centers, and that sort of thing, and that's just sort of my passion," she states.

Since the one-day-a-year fundraiser began in 2008, close to $4 million in goods and money have been donated.


Greg Stotelmyer , Public News Service - KY