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Powerful Hurricane Irma Slams Into Florida

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A Lorain city council member, just back from driving donations to Texas for Hurricane Harvey, is now helping victims of Hurricane Irma.

Two semi-trucks began driving to Florida Monday night, stocked with supplies for people who desperately need them.

It all started with a post on social media. Councilman Angel Arroyo had no idea how many people would donate to help.

When he got back from Texas, the donations were still coming in, and he teamed up with a local pastor to ship all of the supplies out to Florida.

The semi-trucks are heading south stocked with donations like water, diapers, toiletries and cleaning supplies.

These are all necessities for people reeling from the damage of Hurricane Irma in Florida.

Josh Smith is the lead pastor at Family Fellowship in Amherst.

Smith says he couldn’t take his eyes off of the news during Hurricane Harvey, and when he heard another hurricane was taking aim at Florida, he had to do something.

In three days, the community rounded up enough supplies to fill a semi-truck.

“We thought that was crazy, watched it happen, it was just nuts,” he said.

But the hard part was finding a way to get everything to the disaster zone.

A friend with the Lorain Port Authority told Smith they were still collecting donations after councilman Angel Arroyo put out the call for help for Hurricane Harvey.

They had 32 pallets stacked with supplies inside of a building, so Pastor Smith added the donations his church collected to the pile.

Then a trucking line stepped up to help too.

“I think when there are devastations like this, that is without question when we see the best in people,” Smith said.



Article Courtesy of WOIO Cleveland 19 News

Picture Courtesy of Mark Wilson and Getty Images

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