Monday February 14, 2011
For Immediate Release:
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/ 526-3622
The need to help brave men and women serving the United States in remote areas of the world is still a top priority for Councilwoman Madonna Flood (D-24). Since 2007, Flood, the Okolona Business and Professional Association and several businesses have been involved in a community wide program that seeks to send relief from people in Metro Louisville.
“We are approaching en years that our service men and women have been involved in a war in Afghanistan,” said Flood. “They are still sacrificing on our behalf and now more than ever we need to show them our continued support”
Flood officially kicked off the 2011 “Doing our Part from the Heart” Campaign on Monday from the Okolona Fire Station Number 1. For those who are not familiar with the campaign it is based on a very simple premise. Items such as hand sanitizer, eye drops, bug repellent, candy and more are collected and sent to troops serving in remote locations around the world.
“Every year, I am reminded by soldiers and commanders how much the generosity of our community means to these men and women,” says Flood. “They are serving in areas where there is no way to go to the store and get the basics. We don’t even think twice about here at home.”
The Okolona Fire Department, Republic Bank, Scheller’s Fitness and Cycling and Jackson- Hewitt Tax Service are once again joining Flood and the OBPA as key sponsors of the campaign which runs through March 15th.
Over the last four years, nearly 1,200 boxes of personal items have been sent overseas through the campaign.
One other aspect of the campaign is finding the money to pay for shipping costs of getting these packages overseas. Republic Bank will continue its partnership with the effort by setting up an account to accept all monetary donations to cover postage for the items going overseas. Donations can also be deposited at any Republic Bank. Make sure to note on the check “From the Heart” account.
Other sponsors of this year’s campaign are Allegra Print & Imaging, BC Roosters, Kentucky Telco, Commonwealth Bank, Stemburg Automotive Group and Ong’s Urgent Care.
“I am very grateful to all who have supported us in the past,” says Flood. “I know, during these tough economic times, some of you have really sacrificed to donate. Believe me, each item is greatly appreciated.”
Here is a list of items needed that can be dropped off at a “Doing Our Part” location:
Bug Repellant with DEET
Dog Collars to repel the Sand Fleas
Kool-aide or Gatorade individual packs
Candy that will not melt
Individual snacks, chips, nuts, pretzels
After Sun Lotion
Here are the drop-off locations for the 2010 Doing Our Part from the Heart Campaign;
“From the Heart Account” at all Republic Banks
Okolona Fire Department
8501 Preston Highway, Louisville
Scheller’s Fitness & Cycling
8323 Preston Highway, Louisville
11520 Shelbyville Road, Louisville
1000 Veterens Parkway, Clarksville
Jackson-Hewitt Tax Preparers
All Locations in Louisville and Southern Indiana
Allegra Print & Imaging
8307 Preston Highway, Louisville
76405 Preston Highway, Louisville
4420 Dixie Highway, Louisville
Ong’s Urgent Care
12937 Shelbyville Road, Louisville
4816 Outer Loop, Louisville
Sternburg Automotive Group
3700 Crittenden Drive
6507 Preston Highway, Louisville
11900 Standiford Plaza Dr.
601 West Jefferson, Louisville
(enter from Sixth Street)
For more information about the drive call Councilwoman Flood’s office at 574-1124. Go to Doing our Part From the Heart on Facebook.
Madonna Flood (D) 24