Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear hosted a press conference this week in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort, to announce the total for this year’s “Shop and Share” for domestic violence shelters deeming it an “overwhelming success.”
This year the statewide total was $839,155, exceeding last year’s total of $533,947.
Harlan County Domestic Violence Victim Advocate Sheryl Caudel, who hosted two “Shop and Share” events in Harlan County on Saturday, said the Harlan and Cumberland Food City stores participated.
Harlan County raised approximately $1,500 in donated goods.
“We’re very excited the ‘Shop and Share’ event exceeded last year’s total,” said Caudel. “We really appreciate everyone who took the time to donate in Harlan County. Proceeds and items donated will be used to help domestic violence shelters across the state.”
Beshear said, “Kentuckians showed up in droves this past Saturday, donating their time and money to support victims of domestic violence. I am proud of our volunteers’ incredible work and of the tremendous generosity of shoppers who donated goods. These contributions will help ease the financial burdens on our domestic violence shelters, and allow staffers to better serve those in need.”
Volunteers at Kroger, Food City and Super Dollar Discount Food stores collected goods from shoppers such as non-perishable food items, personal care products and school supplies.
Organizational partners for 2014 “Shop and Share” included the First Lady’s Office, Kentucky Domestic Violence Association, 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.
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