There are still men and women serving in remote areas in Afghanistan for the United States Military.
For the last seven years, Councilwoman Madonna Flood (D-24) has used Valentine’s Day to kick off the “Doing Our Part from the Heart” Campaign by sending toiletries, and snacks to our military members. This year there is a special reason for the community to help out.
“We had a great response last year. Usually we have some items and funds left over to begin a new campaign but there was so much need we sent everything we had,” said Flood. “We are starting with no items and no money.”
Flood officially kicked off the 2013 “Doing Our Part from the Heart” Campaign on February 14th from the Okolona Fire Station Number 1. The goal of the campaign is to ask 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 in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“We still have troops in Afghanistan stationed away from the conveniences that you and I have right here at home,” says Flood. “Until everyone is stateside, we will go on letting those who are on watch or in the field know that they are not forgotten nor is their continued sacrifices.”
Doing Our Part from the Heart began after the Councilwoman received a Christmas wish list by email from her son serving in Iraq in 2006. Instead of what you might expect from some far from home it was for basic personal items like deodorant, sunscreen, gum, and bug repellent. He also asked for enough of these items for the other members of his unit. Joining Flood 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 14th and runs through the end of March.
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.
“Each year, we would not be successful if it were not for the generosity and giving spirit of this community,” said Flood. “I want to thank the people who have helped us over these last several years. I appreciate them and so do the men and women who wear the uniforms of the United States of America.”
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 2013 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 2013 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.
The 2nd edition of the Civil Rights Tour brochures have been published and are now available. The brochures feature a self-guided tour of 22 stops of Civil Rights historical importance within Louisville.
The brochures are available at the Anne Braden Institute (UofL, Ekstrom Library, Rm 258), The Muhammad Ali Center, The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, or the Louisville Convention and Visitor's Bureau.
For more information please visit http://comm.louisville.edu/abi/civil-rights-driving-tour-map/.
Free Tax Preparation and Other Events in February
Neighborhood Place locations in Louisville will offer free tax preparation and a wealth of other valuable services in February including free health screenings, a homebuyer workshop and credit planning class, an African American Read In plus an opportunity for youth ages 14-19 to participate in a teen pregnancy prevention study. To learn more about these services, including reservations requirements and contact info, please refer to the phone numbers listed by each event or visit http://www.louisvilleky.gov/CSR/Calendar/viewall.htm.
Free Tax Preparation at multiple Neighborhood Place locations, provided by VITA volunteers
· March, Tuesdays and Thursdays, at 810 Barret (1st Floor Conference Room), 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Walk-ins accepted at these sites and most Neighborhood Place locations offer self-file opportunities.
Call 2-1-1 or visit www.labcservices.org for eligibility information, required documentation, a full list of other VITA sites as well as information about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).
In addition to the Free Tax sites operated by VITA, AARP would also like to share information about free tax sites they are sponsoring around the community. This includes service at the Southwest Government Center at 7219 Dixie Hwy. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, between 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. starting Feb. 1 – April 11. Call 502-394-3443 to confirm site hours and find out if the registration list is filled for the day in question or click on the following link for more details. http://www.aarp-tax-aide-lou.org/Sites/sites.html
March 2, "CHAMPS! Camp" (Creating Healthy Adolescents through Meaningful Prevention Services) at Northwest Neighborhood Place, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Located at 4018 W. Market St. Call 485-7232 for an information packet to register.
CHAMPS! Camp is a 2-day training camp which provides youth ages 14-19 years old (males or females) the opportunity to participate in a teen pregnancy prevention study and learn more about healthy relationships. Youth are provided breakfast and lunch each day as well as incentives including a $75 VISA gift card on Day 2. Sponsored by the U of L Kent School.
Note: South Jefferson Neighborhood Place will host CHAMPS March 9 and 16, 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. at Fairdale Playtorium, 10616 West Manslick Rd in Fairdale. Call Polly Mayer at 363-1483 to begin registering now.
Five Neighborhood Place locations will offer WeCare Program Information Sessions
Learn about LG&E’s and KU’s WeCare Program (Weatherization, Conservation Advice and Recycling Energy Program) and find ways to lower utility bills. Call 1-800-356-5467 for more info or visit http://www.lge-ku.com/wecare/default.asp.
On January 1st Officer Brian Smith was dispatched on a domestic in progress. While he was doing his investigation and talking to the female on scene she mentioned that her boyfriend grows marijuana in the basement. Officer Smith believed what she was saying since she had been sincere with him about the other events that took place that night. He continued his investigation of the alleged domestic violence complaint and entered the premise to talk to her boyfriend. While inside Officer Smith could smell an apparent odor of marijuana. Officer Smith is a very experienced officer and was very patient building a rapport with the subject. After taking the subjects statement he asked if it would be ok if they looked around because he could smell the odor of marijuana. The subject gave him verbal recorded permission to search the premises.
During the investigation Officer Smith located marijuana, smoking devices with marijuana residue in them, scales to weigh marijuana, and other smoking apparatuses. He also found 2 rifles, a shotgun and a handgun. The subject was a convicted felon and not allowed to own or possess any guns. Officer Smith continued his search downstairs and located a highly sophisticated marijuana grow operation. He was told by the female that her boyfriend just cut 25 plants down 2 days prior. Although there wasn't any marijuana downstairs he confiscated the ventilators to dry marijuana, several light tables to provide marijuana with artificial sunlight, several chemicals to help marijuana plants grow, and a log book of all the subjects cultivating information. The subject was charged with four felonies and two misdemeanors.
Officer Smith's constant pursuit of criminals in our community deserves to be recognized. He definitely went the extra mile while investigating a serious crime that has a negative impact on our community. He is always actively looking for criminals on his beat and has taken appropriate action when encountering them.
The Revitalization Division of CSR, in partnership with the Housing Partnership, Inc. (HPI), is proud to announce there are nine new homes available for sale or lease-purchase on Boxelder Road, off of Cane Run Road in Southwest Louisville in District 1. The homes are move-in ready, Energy-Star rated, ranging in price from $120,000-$130,000. Click here for more info.
Are you interested in exploring evidence-based tools and techniques used to identify and respond to human trafficking? We are sending three District 1 residents to this training hosted by the Family Scholar House. Please refer any interested individuals to our office by March 10th.
Participants will examine and begin to build a Community Protocol for Response (CPR) to human trafficking. This course is designed for law enforcement, service providers, administrators, business owners, managers, volunteers and other community stakeholders. Participants will identify risk factors and explore various intervention strategies.