FRANKFORT, KY (2/6/12) – – First Lady Jane Beshear today announced the overwhelming success of “Shop and Share Day,” a one-day drive to provide domestic violence shelters with needed goods. Surrounded by donated items packed into the capitol rotunda, Mrs. Beshear said the combined goods and monetary donations were estimated at more than $782,000.
“Kentuckians truly stepped up to the plate on Saturday, donating their time and money to support victims of domestic violence throughout the Commonwealth,” Mrs. Beshear said. “I am proud of the tremendous work of our volunteers and the generosity of the many individuals who contributed goods to this important drive. Thanks to everyone’s efforts, we collected more donations this year than all previous years combined, and I hope that all who participated realize the positive impact they have made in this state.”
“Shop and Share Day” was held Saturday, Feb. 4 at Kroger stores across Kentucky. In addition, 13 Food City stores in eastern Kentucky collected donations for the first time this year. Volunteers at each store provided a list of items needed at the shelters, such as canned foods, toilet paper and soap.
All collected contributions will be given to Kentucky Domestic Violence Association (KDVA) shelters throughout the state.
Joining Mrs. Beshear today to thank Kentuckians for their contributions were Madeline Abramson, Dr. Mary Lynne Capilouto, Mary Karen Stumbo, KDVA Board President Ann Perkins, Susan Miller with the Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council, and Tim McGurk from Kroger.
Organizational partners for the 2012 Shop and Share Day include the First Lady’s office, KDVA, Kroger, Food City, the Kentucky Commission on Women, the Kentucky Federation of Women’s Clubs, the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana and the Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council.
The KDVA was founded in 1981 and is a coalition of Kentucky’s 15 domestic violence programs providing services to victims of domestic violence and their children. Its purpose is to provide mutual support, information, resource sharing and technical assistance; to coordinate statewide services; and to advocate collectively on behalf of victims of domestic violence.
Information provided by the office of Gov. Steve Beshear
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