First Lady Jane Beshear's Communications Office
First Lady Jane Beshear Announces 2015 Shop & Share Day to be held Saturday, March 28
One-day goods drive benefits domestic violence victims; date different from previous years
FRANKFORT, Ky. – First Lady Jane Beshear is encouraging Kentuckians to participate in the seventh annual Shop and Share day, a one-day goods drive to benefit Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence (KCADV) shelters across the state. The drive will be held at Kentucky Kroger, Food City and Super Dollar Discount Food stores Saturday, March 28, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In past years, Shop and Share has been held the Saturday before Super Bowl Sunday, in early February. In an effort to avoid winter weather complications, this year Shop and Share day will be held in late March, during the midst of March Madness.
“In Kentucky, one-third of women report abuse in their lifetime, and many of those women turn to shelters to escape the violence and rebuild their lives,” said Mrs. Beshear. “Seven years ago, we launched Shop and Share to support the important role domestic violence shelters play in victims’ lives. We hope that by pushing back the 2015 Shop and Share date to March 28, we can make this year’s drive our most successful yet.”
On Shop and Share day, volunteers at each Kroger, Food City and Super Dollar Discount Food store will provide a list of items needed at KCADV shelters – such as non-perishable foods, school supplies, hygiene products and cleaning supplies. Monetary donations will also be accepted. Volunteer sign-up dates will be announced soon.
One hundred percent of the contributions collected through Shop & Share will be donated to the 15 KCADV shelters across the state. To date, Shop and Share has raised more than $3 million in combined goods and monetary donations for KCADV.
Organizational partners for 2015 Shop & Share include the First Lady’s Office, KCADV, 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.
For more information on Shop and Share, visit http://firstlady.ky.gov/initiatives/shopandshare/Pages/default.aspx.
To tweet about Shop and Share, use the hashtag #ShopShare2015.
The mission of KCADV, formerly known as the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association (KDVA), is to mobilize and support member programs and allies to end intimate partner violence.
Last year alone, KCADV handled more than 23,000 crisis calls and served more than 42,000 men, women and children through its member programs.
For more information, please visit http://www.kdva.org/.