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Operation Airdrop: Pilots carry supplies to Florida areas ravaged by Irma

Posted: 4:01 PM, Sep 18, 2017
Updated: 2017-09-18 12:36:31-04
Pilots carry supplies to Florida areas ravaged by Irma
Pilots carry supplies to Florida areas ravaged by Irma

KEY WEST, Fla. (WTXL) - Pilots from everywhere are answering the call for help in the aftermath of Irma.

They're flying supplies and food to the hardest-hit areas of Florida.

WTXL ABC 27's Jade Bulecza got to take flight with them over the weekend seeing their efforts first hand.

Even days after Hurricane Irma ravaged South Florida, some areas are still hard to get to that's why the easiest and fastest way to send supplies is by plane.

Bulecza took a ride with a pilot to Fort Myers who had this plane packed full of baby wipes and diapers for those desperately in need of these items in Labelle.

From there she boarded a plane to Key West. Operation air drop founder Doug Jackson is from Fort Worth, Texas and started the organization a little over two weeks ago to help with Hurricane Harvey relief.

Now with Irma, private pilots are making trips everyday.

250 hot meals being handed out with the help of operation BBQ relief and the Salvation Army took some to distribute, but that's not all. Another plane right behind ours carried 250 more meals.

Folks are gracious including first responders and members of the military. A picnic was held on Saturday afternoon at the Key West International Airport.

As food comes in, crews continue work in the Keys.

As people in the Keys start to repair, rebuild and get through the hard times, communities in North Florida are showing their support by offering up the much needed donations.

The pilots says as long as the supplies keep coming they'll keep flying.