'Shop and Share' event encourages acts of kindness


by Johnny Archer


Posted on February 1, 2014 at 8:53 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – When you think of random acts of kindness, you often think of the good deeds such as someone paying for your lunch, groceries or even a random fill up at the tank.

Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson and his wife Madeline were at the Kroger stores on Hubbards Lane and Taylorsville Road to continue the drive for kindness with the Shop and Share event.

The event was started by first lady Jane Beshear 6 years ago and she was also out at locations throughout the state.

Each donation adds to an arsenal to combat domestic violence which happens to one in four women in Kentucky and one in 9 men in the state.

“It’s a pervasive problem. Kentuckians, domestic violence shelters, the Commisioner of Women, the Governor and Mrs. Beshear are working to address the problem,” Madeline Abramson said. “We are collecting items needed for the Center of Women and Families. All of this is taking place all over Kentucky today.”

Items like pasta, beans and paper towels were donated to help benefit Kentucky Domestic Violence Association shelters across the Commonwealth.

Organizers with Shop and Share say some of the most needed things are diapers and baby formula because they are the most expensive items.

Domestic abuse has proven to have long lasting impacts years down the road.

“We’re just learning that children who witness violence in the home are traumatized and that trauma can take years to recover from,” Abramson said.

It’s a recovery process that will take a whole community to help heal and defeat.

Those who were not able to donate at one of the participating stores can drop off goods at the Center for Women and Families at 927 South Second Street in Louisville.