First Lady Jane Beshear's Communications Office
First Lady Jane Beshear Announces Overwhelming Success of Shop & Share Day – Goods Drive to Benefit Domestic Violence Shelters

Press Release Date:  Monday, October 13, 2008  
Contact Information:  Jay Blanton
Susan Rieber
502-564-2611
 


Frankfort, Ky. – 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, Beshear revealed the drive donations were estimated at over $200,000, including both goods and monetary donations.

“Two days ago, despite an economic downturn that is hitting the wallets of all hard-working Kentucky families, Kentuckians gave their time and money to support those in even greater need – victims of domestic violence,” said Mrs. Beshear.  “One person can make a difference in someone else’s life.  And every Kentuckian who contributed to this cause made a difference in the lives of thousands of Kentuckians.”

“Shop and Share Day” was held on Saturday, October 11, at Kroger stores across Kentucky.  Each store provided a list of items needed at the shelters, such as canned foods, toilet paper and soap, and had a bin to collect the donated goods.  First Lady Beshear conceived “Shop and Share Day” after visiting shelters and meeting their residents across the state.

The First Lady’s office was joined by the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association (KDVA), Kroger, the Kentucky Department of Corrections, Drug Court, the Kentucky Federation of Women’s Clubs, the Younger Woman’s Club of Louisville, and the Commission on Women in organizing and helping to pull off this successful event.  Volunteers from these organizations assisted people who wished to donate and helped sort the goods.

"We are proud to be a partner in this initiative of the First Lady's," said Department of Corrections Commissioner LaDonna Thompson. With the assistance of Probation and Parole Officers who are located across the state, we were able to help collect these needed goods, and we were honored to play a role."

“Kentucky Federation of Women's Clubs considers this a very worthy cause and have supported the domestic violence shelters in their areas for many years,” said Faye Gregory, immediate past president of the Kentucky Federation of Women’s Clubs.  “It has been a privilege to collaborate with First Lady Jane Beshear on this project.”

Shelters benefitting from this drive include Safe Harbor, Barren River Area Safe Space, SpringHaven, LKLP Safe House, Sanctuary, Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program, The Center for Women and Families, Women’s Crisis Center, D.O.V.E.S., Family Life Abuse Center, Women’s Crisis Center, OASIS, Merryman House, Big Sandy Family Abuse Center and Bethany House Abuse Shelter.

“Unfortunately, Kentucky’s 15 domestic violence shelters, like many other social service programs in Kentucky, are facing a financial crisis,” said Lisa Holmes, president of KDVA and executive director of SpringHaven. “We appreciate Mrs. Beshear’s recognition of that crisis and her support in organizing the ‘Shop and Share’ initiative.”

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, coordinate statewide services and to advocate collectively on behalf of victims of domestic violence.

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Listen to Mrs. Beshear's remarks at the press conference (4.65MB MP3)