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2013 “Doing Our Part from the Heart” begins its seventh year of helping the military in faraway places

Friday February 15, 2013

For Immediate Release:
Democratic Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact : tony Hyatt 574-4137 / 526-3622

Louisville – There are still men and women serving in remote areas in Afghanistan and Iraq for the United States Military and in Metro, Louisville Valentine’s Day is a special day to let them know they are not forgotten.

For the last six years, Councilwoman Madonna Flood (D-24) has used this special day to kick off the “Doing Our Part from the Heart” Campaign by sending toiletries, snacks to our military. This year there is a special circumstance.

“We had a great response last year. Usually we have some items and funds left over to begin a new campaign but there was so much need we sent everything we had,” said Flood. “We are starting with no items and no money.”

Flood officially kicked off the 2013 “Doing Our Part from the Heart” Campaign on Thursday from the Okolona Fire Station Number 1. The goal of the campaign asks 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.

“We still have troops in Afghanistan stationed away from the conveniences that you and I have at hand right here at home,” says Flood. “Until everyone is home, we will go on letting those who are in the field know we love them and are thinking of them.”

Doing Our Part from the Heart began after the Councilwoman received a letter from her son serving in Iraq in 2006. Instead of what you might expect from some far from home, it was for basic personal 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. The campaign began Tuesday, February 14th and runs through the end of March.

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.

“Each year, we would not be successful if it were not the generosity and giving spirit of this community,” said Flood. “I want to thank the people who have helped us over these last several years. I appreciate them and so do the men and women who wear the uniforms of the United States of America.”

Here is a list of items needed that can be dropped off at a “Doing Our Part” location:

Chewing Gum/Mints/Lifesavers Deodorant

Lotion Foot Powder

Razors Body Wash

Bandaids Q-Tips

Bug Repellant with DEET Eye Drops

Hand Sanitizer Wet Ones

Kool-aide or Gatorade individual packs Peanut Butter

Individual snacks, chips, nuts, pretzels Neosporin

Candy that will not melt

Sun Block After Sun lotion

Nasal Spray Tylenol/Pain Relievers

Here are the drop-off locations for the 2013 Doing Our Part from the Heart Campaign;

Republic Bank

“From the Heart Account” at all Republic Banks

Okolona Fire Department

8501 Preston Highway, Louisville

All Stations

Scheller’s Fitness & Cycling

8323 Preston Highway, Louisville

11520 Shelbyville Road, Louisville

1000 Veterans Parkway, Clarksville

Jackson-Hewitt

Tax Preparers

All Locations in Louisville and Southern Indiana

Allegra Print & Imaging

8307 Preston Highway, Louisville

BC Roosters

76405 Preston Highway, Louisville

4420 Dixie Highway, Louisville

Ong’s Urgent Care

12937 Shelbyville Road, Louisville

Kentucky Telco

4816 Outer Loop, Louisville

City Hall

601 West Jefferson, Louisville

(enter from Jefferson entrance)

For more information about the 2013 Doing Our Part from the Heart Campaign, contact Councilwoman Flood’s office at 574-1124. You can visit the Councilwoman’s website at www.louisvilleky.gov/metrocouncil or go to “Doing our Part From the Heart” on Facebook.

Sponsor:
Madonna Flood (D) 24