Local pilots deliver Irma relief supplies, need donated items

By: Brittany Bedi | WCTV Eyewitness News
September 14, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Hurricane Irma left a scar on South Florida. Local general pilots are gearing up to help through Operation Airdrop.

More than 25 pilots across the United States will be flying in to help deliver hurricane relief supplies. The pilots in Tallahassee will bring supplies to areas south of Lakeland and North of Marco Island. These locations were specifically chosen due to the intense damage from Irma and identified as an area that may be overlooked by others.

Operation Airdrop needs community-donated supplies. Items such as water, tarps, blankets, and cleaning supplies are in-demand.

The local chapter of Operation Airdrop began as a Hurricane Harvey effort through QSI Aviation Group. Trey Thriffiley is a managing partner.
"My boss at my full-time job allowed me to use his jet to take supplies to Houston,” said Thriffiley. “It just kind of built up from there, and we got involved with Operation Airdrop and now we're here coordinating all flights on the ground."

Supply donations will be collected at Million Air, located next to Tallahassee International Airport.

Supplies can also be dropped off at Legacy Toyota in Tallahassee. The dealership is filling a pickup truck with donations.

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