Thursday March 1, 2007
Louisville Metro Council
For More Information Contact:
Tony Hyatt: 574-4137/ 526-3622
For Immediate release:
With two weeks to go, the Mohawk District of the Boy Scouts of America have found a great response to their “Doing Our Part from the Heart” drive for soldiers serving in Iraq.
“The response has been unbelievable,” says Councilwoman Madonna Flood (D) 24. “I am so proud of the people of Metro Louisville and other areas of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. It shows they care.”
On Friday, volunteers will begin boxing up the personal items collected for the troops since the drive began on February 15th. They hope to surpass their goal from last year of 46 boxes by doubling that amount.
“Right now it looks like we have roughly 100 boxes to pack,” says Flood. “With two weeks left, the boy scouts say they would like to shoot for a goal of 200 boxes.”
Interlink Counseling Services, Inc. has also been assisting the scouts in the drive. The current recruit class of Louisville Metro Police has also joined the effort as part of their service project. Volunteers are also collecting at Fort Knox and in Adair County after hearing about “Doing our Part from the Heart.”
“We have one gentleman who has donated a wide range of items from Advil to Q-tips to eye drops, bubble gum and Slim Jim’s,” says Flood. “He has also donated almost all of the items we have asked for.
While receiving items such as deodorant, sunscreen, wet wipes and candies; the scouts are also hoping to raise enough money to ship the boxes over to soldiers in Iraq.
“We have collected about $500 for the effort but when you consider it cost about a dollar a pound, we are going to need some financial help,” says Flood.
Republic Bank has set up an account to accept all monetary donations to cover postage for the items going to Iraq. Donations can also be mailed to 4808 Outer Loop, Louisville, Kentucky 40219. Make sure to note on the check “For the Heart” account.
The goal of the campaign is to supply the men and women serving in Iraq with items that may be hard to get because they are serving in remote areas of the country and not near a PX.
The campaign runs through March 15th
Here is a recap of items needed and where to drop them off.
Suggested Items for mailing:
- Letters & Cards
- Chewing Gum/Mints
- Shaving Cream
- Bug Repellant with DEET
- Eye Drops
- Hand Sanitizer
- Dog Collars to repel the Sand Fleas
- Kool-aide or Gatorade individual packs
- Candy that will not melt
- Individual snacks that will not melt
- Peanut Butter
- Sun Block
- After Sun Lotion
- Nasal Spray
- Tylenol/Pain relievers
- All Okolona Fire Houses
- Interlink Counseling Services, Inc., 8311 Preston Highway
- Jefferson Mall Customer Service Center, 4801 B 302 Outer Loop
- Lamkin Wealth Management, 4310 Outer Loop
- Mortgage World, 8600 Preston Highway, Suite 100
- Republic Bank, 4808 Outer Loop
- Scheller’s Fitness & Cycling, 8323 Preston Highway
- Ong’s Urgent Treatment Center, 12937 Shelbyville Road
Madonna Flood (D) 24