Tuesday April 22, 2008
For Immediate Release:
Louisville Metro Council
COntact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622
At the Okolona Fire Station on Preston Highway, the real work begins of sorting, boxing and sending relief packages to the members of the United States military who are serving in Iraq.
“I just do not know how to describe the response, except to say thank you to this community for once again, stepping up and showing our brave men and women that they are not forgotten,” said Councilwoman Madonna Flood (D) 24. “I am proud of those men and women but I am also proud of the good people of this area.”
The 2008 Doing Our Part from the Heart campaign ended on Tuesday, April 15th. It had a goal this year of sending 300 boxes of personal items to the troops who are stationed in remote areas of the war. After the deadline passed donations were still coming in.
“We have gone well beyond that goal,” said Flood. “This past weekend, we filled 100 boxes and we are just getting started.”
The Campaign was set to end on March 31st but several groups contact Flood to ask for more time to collect for the troops. Bad weather in February and March hindered collection efforts.
“There was a brief moment where we thought because of the weather and the economy, we may not make our goal,” said Flood. “But when the word got out we were behind people rallied and helped us out.”
One of those who helped was Danese Pease, a student at Purdue University in New Albany, who works in the Harrison County Engineer’s Office. She and four other students followed the suggestion of an instructor to do a charity project.
Aside from collecting several boxes of personal items among co-workers she and other students raised over $1,000. The collection also included 700 decks of cards from Caesar’s Indiana.
“I think since I am an older student, I have had a lot of friends in the service and reserves and I wanted to show that I support them,” said Pease. “They drop what ever they are doing in life and leave this country and it’s appreciated.”
Volunteers will continue filling boxes with 250 set to go to the 1st 152nd CAV RSTIA of Southern Indiana, the Ghost Riders and 50 boxes will go to a Marine group. Also this year, the campaign is working with Chaplains that host Morale tents that distribute items to soldiers in need.
Republic Bank has collected $4700 to handle the shipping of boxes overseas. Those who wish to continue to help the campaign in the next few weeks can still contribute to the cost of shipping at any Republic Bank Branch.
Flood also thanks her partners in the effort “You have to have people who care as much as you do when it comes to helping our soldiers,” said Flood. “I could not ask for a better bunch of people.”
The Okolona Business Association, the Okolona Fire Department, Republic Bank and Interlink Counseling Service Inc joined the Councilwoman for this year’s campaign.
Other sponsors are Mortgage World, Scheller’s Fitness & Cycling, Jefferson Mall Customer Service Center, Lamkin Wealth Management, Allegra Print & Imaging, Citizens Union Bank, BC Roosters and Ong’s Urgent Care.
“Again my heartfelt thanks to the good people of this community,” said Flood. “Their caring and giving will go a long way to show the soldiers who protect us that they are not forgotten.”
Madonna Flood (D) 24