First Lady Jane Beshear's Communications Office
First Lady Jane Beshear Announces Overwhelming Success of 2nd Annual Shop & Share Day

Press Release Date:  Monday, October 26, 2009  
Contact Information:  Sarah Baird

Goods Drive held October 24th to Benefit Domestic Violence Shelters

Frankfort, Ky. – Even in an economic recession, First Lady Jane Beshear today announced the overwhelming success of the 2nd Annual “Shop and Share Day,” a one-day drive to provide domestic violence shelters with needed goods. Surrounded by donated items at the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association's (KDVA) headquarters in Frankfort, Beshear revealed the drive donations were estimated at over $200,000 worth of items including diapers, toilet paper, canned goods as well as monetary donations.

“Even during these tough economic times, Kentuckians came together to help out victims of the terrible crime of domestic violence," said Mrs. Beshear. “I am proud of the willingness of the citizens of this Commonwealth to donate their time and money to help out those in need of everyday items that many of us take for granted."

“Shop and Share Day” was held on Saturday, October 24, 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.  Mrs. Beshear initiated “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, Drug Court , the Kentucky Federation of Women’s Clubs, and the Commission on Women in organizing “Shop and Share Day” along with volunteers across the Commonwealth who donated their time to assist at Kroger stores.

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.

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. For more information about KDVA, visit: