PRESTONSBURG – October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the City of Prestonsburg – in cooperation with Turning Point Domestic Violence Service – will hold a Shop and Share event between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Volunteers will be at the doors of both Food City and Super Dollar with a list of items needed, including, diapers, cleaning products and canned items.
“Having a safe place to go when you are a victim of domestic violence is such a blessing, it is hard to imagine if you have never felt afraid for your life or been afraid to go to your own home,” said Shelia Case, of Harold. “Having the shelter and the staff at the shelter, along with other survivors of domestic violence to be a support system makes having the courage to stand up to the person that abused you and refuse to be hurt anymore a little less frightening,”
The goal is to collect enough non-perishable items during the one-day event to sustain the emergency shelter for one year. An individual buying a few extra items to donate is a small gesture that has the potential to collectively make a big impact in the local community.
The Third Annual Domestic Violence and Elder Abuse Awareness Conference is scheduled for October 14 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Big Sandy Community and Technical College’s Gearheart Auditorium on the Prestonsburg campus. Guest speakers for the event will include House Speaker Greg Stumbo, Family Court Judge Larry Thompson of Pikeville, Commonwealth Attorney Tony Skeans and Floyd County Sheriff John Hunt. The event is sponsored by the Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky, Inc.
For more information about the Shop and Share event, call (606)886-6025.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.