Monday April 6, 2009
For Immediate Release
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/ 526-3622
Over the next two weeks, volunteers will pack razors, toothpaste, candy and hundreds of other items into boxes for shipping to men and women of the US Armed Forces serving overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The 2009 Doing Our Part from the Heart Campaign is winding down after another year of generosity from the people of Metro Louisville and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
“I want to thank everyone who contributed this year,” says Councilwoman Madonna Flood (D-24). “I know it was harder this year because of the economy but I also know our soldiers appreciate anything we can send to them.”
This year’s Campaign kicked off on February 16th. As it stands now, there are about 225 boxes of personal items that will be packed and sent overseas. This year’s goal was 400 boxes.
“People have to take care of their families, I understand that,” says Flood. “We will be accepting any donations between now and the time the last box is sent out. I am hopefully we can reach our original goal.”
Flood is also concerned there may not be enough money on hand to ship all of the boxes that are packed. It costs $12 per box to ship. Donations to help cover the cost of shipping can be made at any Republic Bank.
“Most people think that because we are talking service men and women that it’s free shipping, it is not,” she said.
The Doing Our Part campaign began in 2007, when Flood got a Christmas list from her son who was serving in Iraq. He had requested personal items that were hard to find in country. Many soldiers are in remote areas and too far away from a PX or Commissary..
“I began thinking about other soldiers who may not have a family to send them similar items,” said Flood. “That is how all of this got started. This year because of the tight economy, we had people make specific request to send things to a son, daughter or grandchild. We will try to help as many as we can.”
Any group that collected for the campaign can still drop of the donations at the Okolona Fire Station #1, 8501 Preston Highway.
Joining Flood as primary sponsors of the campaign are the Okolona Business Association, the Okolona Fire Department, Republic Bank and Interlink Counseling Service Inc.
For more information about the 2009 Doing Our Part From the Heart effort, contact Councilwoman Flood’s office at 574-1124.
Madonna Flood (D) 24