Councilwoman Madonna Flood (D-24) announced she has decided to forgo the “Doing Our Part from the Heart” campaign until February of 2018 due to unforeseen family medical problems.
“As everyone knows taking care of our servicemen and women in remote areas of the world has been at the center of every Doing Our Part from the Heart campaign,” says Flood. “When February 2017 came around, some of my family and I were dealing with health issues that we had to address. I could not devote my full attention to collecting those items that we send to our military.”
Flood says as a result, she believed it would be best to take a break from the campaign for just one year and then come back in full force to collect the items that traditionally have been sent to far away locations with the help of the community.
“In the ten years that we have been involved, I cannot thank the community enough for their support. From candy to razor blades, our items have touched the lives of service men and women to remind them that we all appreciate them and they are not forgotten,” says Flood. “You have my thanks and my deep appreciation for your caring spirit.”
However, Flood says there is still plenty of opportunity for the community to keep service men and women in mind as they do their duty.
“I would encourage everyone to get in touch with people who have family members who are serving,” says Flood. “Make them a part of your family. We are also always accepting monetary donations at any Republic Bank. This money is used to mail the packages we pack.”
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.