Councilwoman Flood rallies Community support for our troops overseas

February 13, 2015

Louisville – It is easy to forget that there are brave service men and women who are still serving their country in some of the most dangerous spots in the world. Our military remain on duty as the first line of America’s defense in the fight against terrorism.

For Councilwoman Madonna Flood (D-24) their service is the reason why the “Doing Our Part from the Heart” Campaign is an important reminder that our troops should always be remembered on Valentine’s Day.

          “As long as there is one solider in need of our help, we will work to help them out and make their tour a little easier,” says Councilwoman Madonna Flood (D-24). “Now more than ever, we need to let them know we are thinking of them and continue to appreciate their sacrifice.”

For the last eight years, Valentine’s Day has been the time to kick off the “Doing Our Part from the Heart” Campaign. Over the next eight weeks, Flood with the help of the community will collect toiletries, snacks and other items to send to our military. Simple items such as hand sanitizer, eye drops, bug repellent, candy and other personal items make a huge impact for troops serving in remote locations around the world.

          “Many of our soldiers do not have access to a PX or a base when they are out in the field. They can be out for weeks and the items we send are just the basic things they need to get through a long day,” says Flood.  

          It was in 2006 when the Councilwoman first called upon the community to help in this endeavor. She had received a simple letter from her son while 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.

          “It is quite possible that a family somewhere in our country received a similar letter this past Christmas and that is all the more reason why we all need to be reminded that our service men and women are still out there,” said Flood.

          Joining Flood as sponsors of the 2015 campaign are 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 $16 to send. Make sure to note on the check “From the Heart” account.

          “Every year, I am amazed at the outpouring of support from our community for this effort. I thank you and more importantly those who dedicate themselves to the service of our country also thank you,” said Flood.

         

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 2015 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 2015 “Doing Our Part from the Heart” Campaign, contact Councilwoman Flood’s office at 574-1124.  You can visit the Councilwoman’s webpage at http://louisvilleky.gov/government/metro-council-district-24 or go to “Doing our Part From the Heart” on Facebook.

 

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