St. Pete-based Sol Relief flying supplies to Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian

A group of volunteers gather at Albert Whitted Airport in St. Petersburg
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If you can take nothing else from the devastation that Dorian has caused so far, it’s that this world is full of helpers looking to do their part. St. Pete-based Sol Relief is currently flying much needed supplies to the Bahamas.

Flight #2 has arrived home safely. Flight #3 is currently being loaded for a noon departure.Your donations make these flights possible. Thank you! 🙏🏼❤️

Posted by Sol Relief on Tuesday, September 3, 2019

The organization is based out of Albert Whitted Airport, not far from the main downtown St. Pete area. Sol Relief is currently seeking experienced pilots to volunteer time flying supplies and people in and out of affected areas. You can click here to fill out the application.

What can you donate? Sol Relief is seeking items such as generators, batteries, fans, pet food, sunscreen, disinfectant wipes, bug spray, mosquito nets, flashlights, gas cans, duct tape, work gloves, extension chords. A full list of needed items can be found on Sol Relief’s website.

Pilatus PC-12 Departing SPG

Dear Bahamians, We are on the way! ❤️ Flights are in progress. This morning we coordinated flights for our partner World Hope International to get their team and needed supplies to the Bahamas. They’ll be working with YachtAid Global once they land.

Posted by Sol Relief on Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Supplies can be delivered to St. Pete Air at 107 8th Avenue SE in St. Petersburg, Monday – Saturday 8am-5pm and Sunday 8am-3pm.

You can also make a monetary donation online.

 

About Sol Relief, via their website:

In September and October of 2017 Hurricanes Irma and Maria caused massive devastation in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and many other areas of the Caribbean. A former St. Croix, U.S.V.I. resident and pilot, Jennifer Lockwood, wanted to help.

Jennifer partnered with St. Pete Air and the Glasscock Family Foundation to create an innovative disaster relief mission utilizing small aircraft to serve U.S.V.I and Puerto Rico with immediate aid. From that mission a new venture focused on providing humanitarian aid and disaster relief with the use of aviation was formed – Sol Relief, Inc. In 2018, Bill Auer, owner of Tampa Bay Air Charter, was welcomed to the Board of Directors. 

Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

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