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After a successful week of collecting supplies for victims of Hurricane Michael, deputies are shipping out of Tampa Saturday morning.
After a successful week of collecting supplies for victims of Hurricane Michael, deputies with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office are loading up an 18-wheeler and shipping out of Tampa at 5 a.m. Saturday to transport donations to the Panhandle. It will leave in conjunction with a third wave of deputies from Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office detailed to help the storm-ravaged area.
"We say it all the time, "Your Support Matters." In this case, the support of our Hillsborough County residents is going to change a lot of lives for the better," said Sheriff Chad Chronister. "After personally touring the damage this week, I can tell you that the people of the Panhandle are resilient, but truly in need of these supplies, and we can't wait to bring them this aid."
Tampa Idealease, LLC donated an 18-wheel trailer to transport the community donations collected through a campaign called "Operation Pay It Forward."
Since Monday, October 15, Hillsborough County residents were encouraged to drop off non-perishable food, pet food, cleaning, medical and personal hygiene supplies at one of the five Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office district offices. Each office received dozens of donations from residents and employees who wanted to help. Items collected through Friday, October 19, will be distributed to Hurricane Michael victims who are slowly recovering from damage left behind by the deadly storm.
Deputies with the Special Incident Response Team (SIRT), who are assisting the Bay County Sheriff's Office, will drive the haul from the Homeland Security Division Headquarters at 5 a.m. Saturday up the coast to Mexico Beach, Florida. Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is now sending 16 SIRT members, made up of law enforcement and detention deputies.