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Metro Newsroom

2009 Doing Our Part Campaign heading for the finish, fund needed to shipping

Friday March 20, 2009

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

With two weekends left to go, the 2009 “Doing Our Part from the Heart” campaign is on track in its goal of sending 400 boxes of personal items to service men and women serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Now, the Campaign is looking for monetary donations to help get the supplies to the people who need them.

“We know times are hard, but we need about 3,000 people to each give a $1,”says Councilwoman Madonna Flood (D-24). “Or 1,500 to each give $2. You can do the math. Just remember that for every $12, you make a soldier’s day.”

As it stands right now there is only enough money to ship 158 boxes. Each box costs $12 to mail. Republic Bank, one the campaign’s primary sponsors, is handling contributions to cover the cost of mailing.

The 2009 Campaign kicked off on February 16th. It will run through March 31st.

Flood says she is still hearing from soldiers out in the field who appreciate the generosity of the people of Metro Louisville and the surrounding area.

“I can’t tell you enough how much what you and the folks of Kentucky are doing for the morale and welfare of the soldiers here in Iraq and Afghanistan. Coordinating a drive like this is a tremendous undertaking, but you all have seen it through and the items you send and have sent are making their way to soldiers all over theater putting smiles on their faces,” said one soldier. “I have personally heard a couple of comments that I would like to share with you. 1st-“Man I scored a good one”, 2nd-“There is a lot of good stuff in here”, 3rd-“This is awesome”. So rest assured Ms. Flood, your heart felt gifts are touching soldiers everywhere, so thank you very much.”

“This past week we marked six years since we became involved in Iraq,” says Flood. “The fighting still goes on Afghanistan, Our service men and women need us to remember them and I am very pleased that people are giving.”

Madonna Flood (D) 24