Wednesday April 10, 2013
For Immediate Release:
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137 / 526-3622
Louisville – The 2013 “Doing Our Part from the Heart” Campaign has been extended in an effort to collect as much as possible for the men and women serving in remote areas in Afghanistan.
The announcement was made Wednesday by Councilwoman Madonna Flood (D-24) after a special donation was made to the campaign by Kosair Charities.
“Thanks to Kosair Charities, the $3,000 they have donated to us will help defray the cost of postage and shipping for 200 packages,” said Flood. “We are hopeful that we have enough items to fill the boxes.”
Flood said the campaign is still in the process of collecting donations.
“For six years now, we have found that many people wait until the last weeks to donate toiletries and snacks,” said Flood. “To get the items needed, we are extending our deadline until the end of April.”
The Councilwoman kicked off the campaign on its traditional start date of Valentine’s Day. The collections were set to finish on March 31st. But she said this year there was a special concern.
“By the time we finished in 2012, we had given away everything we had collected. We always have items left over to start a new campaign with but that was not the case this year,” she said.
The goal of “Doing Our Part from the Heart” is to ask for donations from the community of simple items such as hand sanitizer, eye drops, bug repellent, candy and more for troops serving in remote locations around the world. It began after the Councilwoman received a letter from her son serving in Iraq in 2006. The letter asked that she send basic l items like deodorant, sunscreen and razors. He also asked for enough of those items for the other members of his unit.
Joining Flood for this year’s campaign is the Okolona Business Association, the Okolona Fire Department, Republic Bank, Scheller’s Fitness and Cycling and Jackson- Hewitt Tax Service.
Republic Bank continues its partnership by setting up an account to accept all monetary donations to cover postage for the items going overseas. Every package cost $15 to send. For those who do not wish to donate specific items, donations of money can also be deposited at any Republic Bank. Make sure to note on the check “From the Heart” account.
“You can see why Kosair’s generosity of $3,000 will be such a big help to us,” said Flood.
Madonna Flood (D) 24