Friday February 14, 2014
For Immediate Release:
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137 / 526-3622
Louisville –They continue to serve in some of the most remote areas around the world. They also are the first line of America’s defense to respond and prevent terrorism.
They are the reason why a special emphasis is on this year’s “Doing Our part from the Heart” Campaign to remember service men and women on Valentine’s Day.
“Over the years, I have received many letters of thanks from our military men and women,” says Councilwoman Madonna Flood (D-24). “They thank us for remembering them even though our country’s attention is not as focused as it once was on places like Afghanistan and Iraq. They are still serving there.”
For the last seven years, Councilwoman Flood has picked Valentine’s Day to kick off the “Doing Our Part from the Heart” Campaign which collects toiletries, snacks and other items to send to our military. It asks the community to donate simple items such as hand sanitizer, eye drops, bug repellent, candy and other personal items for troops serving in remote locations around the world.
“Our troops will be leaving Afghanistan at the end of this year but that is less than ten months away. They still need the conveniences that you and I have 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.”
Since 2006, Flood has called upon the community to help take care of the military. It began with a simple letter from her son when he served in Iraq. For Christmas that year, he asked for basic personal items like deodorant, sunscreen and razors. He also asked if it was possible to send enough of those items for the other members of his unit.
“Letters like that prompted many groups to help our troops but I have found that with the passing years such enthusiasm has waned but our troops still need our help,” said Flood.
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 runs through the end of March.
If you cannot donate items and wish to make a cash contribution to help cover the cost of shipping, 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.
“Every year we have asked for help and every year the community has come forward to help us,” said Flood. “I cannot begin to thank everyone but I hope they know how much it means to help out military.
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
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 2014 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 Veterans Parkway, Clarksville
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
601 West Jefferson, Louisville
(enter from Jefferson entrance)
For more information about the 2014 “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.
Madonna Flood (D) 24