Thursday February 18, 2010
For Immediate Release:
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622
With the help of several business and generous donations for the last three years, United States Service men and women have received personal gifts to make their tour of duty easier as they protect this country.
“This year, many more of our troops are headed to Afghanistan and we still have brave men and women serving in Iraq,” said Councilwoman Madonna Flood (D-24). “We need to let these men and women and all the others who serve our country know we appreciate their service and they are not forgotten.”
Flood officially kicked off the 2010 “Doing our Part from the Heart” Campaign on Monday from the Okolona Fire Station Number 1. 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 have received many letters from service men and women thanking everyone for caring. Many cannot go to a PX or store to get certain things they need,” said Flood. “This campaign has done a great deal to boost morale in our armed forces.”
Joining Flood again 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 15th and runs through March 31st.
Over the last three years, nearly 1,000 boxes of personal items have been sent overseas through the campaign.
Those who do not wish to donate specific items can also help with the cost of shipping. 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 Lamkin Wealth Management, Allegra Print & Imaging, BC Roosters and Ong’s Urgent Care.
This year the drive has added a signature song titled “A Hero Always Lives.” The song was written by composer Matt Hodge. “I wrote “A Hero Always Lives” to celebrate soldiers, both living and dead, and to inspire people to do all they can to support and help those fighting overseas,” said Hodge.
“I was blown away when Matt offered his time and unlimited talent to write us this inspiring song,” said Flood. “Every time I hear it, I can’t believe that is for our drive. I really appreciate Matt being so willing to work with us.”
Hodge, who also wrote the song “What is Christmas” a YouTube success honoring the men and women serving in Iraq and their families waiting at home is a professional composer on staff at Campbellsville College. The song was performed by Campbellsville University Chamber Choir and is directed by Dr. Frieda Gebert. You can hear both songs at www.matthodge.com or hear “A Hero Always Lives” on the Doing Our Part Facebook page.
“Our Campaign was very fortunate that we were able to help out during a very tough economic year,” said Flood. “I know many people are still working to make it through these tight economic times but remember our service men and women are making sacrifices too. Many have left jobs and families to protect us. So if you can help we certainly appreciate it.”
Madonna Flood (D) 24