Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

January 25, 2013

Shop and Share Day a chance to give back

Staff report
The Independent

ASHLAND — Area residents have a chance to give back to the community during the annual Shop and Share Day hosted by Safe Harbor of Northeast Kentucky on Feb 2.

 The event is a drive to gather goods and necessities for domestic violence shelters across Kentucky, which supports victims and their children. Participating area grocery stores include the Ashland and Russell Kroger stores and Food City in Louisa. Items purchased at the Ashland, Russell and Louisa stores will go to Safe Harbor.

 Shop and Share hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Volunteers at each store will provide a list of items needed at Safe Harbor. This year’s list includes shampoo, deodorant, tampons/feminine napkins, diapers (sizes 3, 4 and 5), baby wipes, diaper rash ointment, baby bottle scrubbers, toilet paper, hairbrushes, crackers, canned soups, coffee, cake mixes, paper towels, laundry detergent, dish detergent, Clorox wipes, SOS Pads and bleach.

 Assisting with the day’s activities will be members of area Girl Scout troops, said Che-hona Miller, Girl Scout membership center director in Ashland. Also helping will be Drug Court participants from Boyd and Greenup counties.

 Organizational partners for the 2012 Shop and Share Day include first lady Jane Beshear, the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association, Kroger, Food City, the Kentucky Commission on Women, the Kentucky Federation of Women’s Clubs, the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana and the Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council.

 “Last year, Safe Harbor housed more than 500 women and children,” said Ann Perkins, executive director of Safe Harbor. “On a daily basis, we average more than 65 to 75 women and children. We provide three meals a day, snacks, diapers and all the supplies that a family needs to live. This figure doesn’t include the more than 75 people who live at Harbor Hill.

 “Most of us who are shoppers know how much it takes to feed, clothe and take care of our own families. Imagine doing that for more than 30 families every single day. It is mind-boggling to imagine.”

 Perkins said Shop and Share is particularly important now that state and federal grants have become more difficult to secure.

 For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, visit firstlady.ky.gov/shopshare or call Jennifer Allen or Dianna Trussel at Safe Harbor at (606) 329-9304.