Councilwoman Flood rallies Community support for our troops overseas
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
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;
“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 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.