DeLand, FL - A local skydive company is looking to bring some relief to a country recently ravaged by a hurricane.
Days ago, Hurricane Dorian began a 36-hour onslaught on the Northwestern Bahamas. There, the storm sat stationary, first as a Category 5 storm with maximum sustained winds of 185 mph with gusts above 220 mph before it eventually weakened and moved up the east coast of Florida.
Seeing that the island nation is going to need whatever help they get, one local company is looking to provide what they can.
Earlier today (September 5th), Skydive DeLand took to their Facebook page, telling the community that once the runways are cleared and they get approval from the government, they want to fly a relief mission to the storm-ravaged islands of the Bahamas.
They even provided a list of supplies and necessities for people to donate. Items such as duct tape, tarps, baby food/formula, grills, etc. And Bob Hallett, the owner of Skydive DeLand, said they're already getting a large influx of supplies.
"We have a hangar that's rapidly filling up with necessary relief supplies for the Bahamas," said Hallett.
There are some more sought-after items that Hallett is asking for, that includes medications, antibiotics and some over-the-counter meds. He said they're even getting help with prescription medication.
And while water is necessary and needed, Hallett said they already have a lot of it ready to go. But if donating water is the route people want to go, there's another way they can help.
"We're suggesting other than water that people bring us water purification equipment," said Hallett.
That can range from water purification drops or tablets and of course a system such as a water purification pump or filter, so residents in the Bahamas can purify their own water.
In their fleet, Skydive DeLand has a decent assortment of aircraft, such as smaller planes like their two PAC 750xl's, and larger aircraft like their DeHavilland DHC-6 Twin Otter and their Skyvan SC-7. They plan on using the planes, but they're not going to stop there.
According to Hallett, they're also preparing a boat to ship out supplies to the Bahamas once it's safe.
You can find a full list of what you can donate on their Facebook page. All donations can be dropped off either at Skydive Deland or the Perfect Spot Bar and Restaurant, both located at 1600 Flightline Boulevard.
You can also call them with any questions you may have at 386-738-3539 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.