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Shop and Share 2015 raises over $700K for domestic violence victims

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First lady Jane Beshear shares the results of this year's Shop and Share event. First lady Jane Beshear shares the results of this year's Shop and Share event.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDRB) -- Volunteers across Kentucky bought over $700,000 worth of goods for total strangers.

It is part of First Lady Jane Beshear's annual 'Shop and Share' program and the goal is to provide food and other essentials to domestic violence shelters across Kentucky.

"$793,842.79 in one day," said Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear.

Tuesday afternoon, Mrs. Beshear shared the results of this year's annual shop and share program.

"What happens is they're greeted with a volunteer with a list of needs and items for their local program and they're asked just to pick up one or two things to help their local shelter," said Darlene Thomas, President of the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

On Saturday, volunteers picked up goods and other essentials that will benefit domestic violence shelters across the state, including the Center for Women and Families in Louisville.

"Everything done in the Louisville area, every item purchased through every Kroger in the Louisville area, went to the Center for Women and Families," Thomas said.

Thomas also said the donations allow places like the center for women and families to help domestic violence victims in other areas.

"When we do our budgets, the things that we cut first and foremost are those extras that families need: hotels, bus tickets, transportation, those types of items," she said.

The program was created by the first lady, shortly after her husband took office. Since then, shop and share has raised nearly $4 million.

"The great things about shop and share is that anyone can help; you don't have to have a lot of funds to be able to help, all you need to do is contribute one item or one dollar," Mrs. Beshear said.

Meanwhile, the first lady won't be in office next year, but domestic violence advocates hope the same effort will be.

"We hope whoever the First Lady or gentleman may be of this commonwealth, that they would pick up this cause and carry it forward because it has a tremendous impact," Thomas said.

Shop and Share is a one day event, but you can still reach out to the first lady's office to make monetary donations.

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