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In the wake of Hurricane Michael, Cajun Navy Foundation (CNF), Operation Airdrop (OA) and World Hope International (WHI) have joined forces to provide disaster relief to the Florida Panhandle. The collaborative effort will bring expedient aid to those affected via land, air and sea. In the face of time-sensitive needs and challenging terrain, the decision to combine resources will ensure the most efficient and effective support possible for the devastated areas.

The coalition has begun mobilizing resources, partners and volunteers. WHI, a Charity Navigator-approved relief organization, has assessed damage and supply needs locally in order to prioritize necessities. Tarps, water, water filters, hygiene kits and food donations have been received from various corporate and nonprofit partners. In order to overcome infrastructure and logistics hurdles, Operation Air Drop is transporting the supplies via 100+ general aviation aircraft, while Cajun Navy Foundation is providing last mile support by land and sea.

The alliance has made a mass appeal for contributions. University Air Center in Gainesville, Florida has donated air field space and will serve as a staging area beginning Sunday, Oct. 14 through Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018 from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Donations of food, tarps, hygiene kits, diapers for children and adults, thermal blankets and essential survival items can be dropped off at the site.

During that time, donations will be dispersed from the staging area to nine distribution points in various counties throughout Florida, including: Sneads, Panama City, Port St. Joe, Blountstown, Marianna, Live Oak, Monticello, Tallahassee and St. George Island.  University Air Center is located at 4701 NE 40th Ter., Gainesville, Florida 32609. Please follow signage for Operation Airdrop.

For more information or to make an online donation, please visit: https://www.worldhope.org/give/hurricane-michael

Learn about how you can help Cajun Navy Foundation at http://www.CrowdRelief.net/HurricaneMichael