Small Charleston Airport Collecting Hurricane Florence Relief Supplies to Airlift to Flooded Areas
With roads big and small still under water following Hurricane Florence's historic wrath, one group of Charleston-area do-gooders is taking to the skies to bring aid to nearby communities.
Mount Pleasant Regional Airport (LRO) is serving as central command for a local Operation Airdrop effort, acting as a drop-off point for hurricane relief supplies to be airlifted to flood-stricken areas in North and South Carolina.
Retired Air Force Col. Julie Grundahl, a flight instructor at the small Charleston County airport, is spearheading the relief effort along with local volunteer pilots and community help.
"We will fly a couple of times a day to small general aviation airports as long as there is a need," Grundahl said in a news release.
General aviation pilots from Florida will also stop at Mount Pleasant Regional Airport to refuel and pick up relief supplies for transport.
Operation Airdrop is a Texas-based nonprofit formed in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in 2017. The organization coordinates volunteer aircraft owners and pilots to deliver much-needed supplies to disaster areas.
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Mount Pleasant Regional Airport is open for donations from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. They are currently accepting the following items: baby items like diapers, clean and useable clothing, batteries, toiletries, dry food goods, non-perishable food and bleach.
"It is with great pride that LRO join in the effort to help fellow South Carolinians as well as our neighbors in North Carolina," Paul G. Campbell Jr., executive director and CEO of Charleston County Aviation Authority, which owns and operates Mount Pleasant Regional Airport, said in a release.
"As a coastal state, we know all too well the devastation a hurricane can do. This is just one small way to lend support," Campbell continued. "Our neighbors in North and South Carolina would be there for us. We will be there for them."