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Super Bowl shopping benefits domestic violence agencies

Published 10:22 am Thursday, January 31, 2013

Volunteers will be out en masse Saturday collecting donations for Shop & Share, a one-day goods drive that benefits Kentucky Domestic Violence Association programs.

Both Frankfort Kroger locations along with Kroger and Food City stores across the state will host the drive from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Donations from Frankfort shoppers will go to programs such as the Franklin County Womens Shelter, the Simon House and the Sunshine Center.

All of us are aware of the appalling crime of domestic violence, and many Kentuckians have had friends or family members who have been victims themselves, first lady Jane Beshear said.

Shop & Share is an easy way for people to contribute to victims and their families. While gathering their game-day supplies or doing their weekly grocery shopping, Kentuckians can purchase necessities for the shelters and then directly donate the items at the store.

Volunteers at each site will provide a list of items needed at the shelters, such as canned foods, school supplies, toilet paper, infant care products and soap. Monetary donations will also be accepted.

Beshear said she was blown away by Kentucky shoppers generosity in 2012, when the combined goods and monetary donations were estimated at more than $782,000.

Thanks to the generosity and support of Kentuckians, Shop & Share has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for domestic violence victims and their families, Beshear said.

For the fifth annual program, the first lady hopes the event will top the $1 million mark.

I want this to be our gift to the shelters; our means of showing abused women and their children that there are people out there who want to help and who care about their welfare, Beshear said.

Its no coincidence Beshear chose Saturday for Shop & Share Day. The Saturday before Super Bowl Sunday is second only to Thanksgiving as the heaviest grocery shopping time of the year.

Men are always generous shoppers, she said.

Hoping to capitalize on the good mood of Kentucky shoppers, the first lady sees this as an opportunity to show Kentuckians a way they can make a difference in the lives of the more than 5,000 women and children who are now served by the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association.

According to statistics from the state organization, double that number receive assistance from the centers to help women remain free from harm, regain self esteem and return safely and productively to living in their communities.

Information from association also lists domestic violence as one of the greatest factors toward women becoming homeless.

We want to turn this traditional football celebration into a win for our abused women and children across Kentucky, Beshear said.

Organizational partners for 2013 Shop & Share are:

>The First Ladys Office

>Kentucky Domestic Violence Association

>Kroger

>Food City

>Kentucky Commission on Women

>General Federation of Womens Clubs

>Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana

>Girl Scouts of Wilderness Road Council

>Kentucky Drug Court