NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) -
Two planes, carrying hundreds of donated supplies, traveled from Northampton Airport on Monday down to Monmouth County, New Jersey. The area was one of the many places left devastated after Hurricane Sandy.
The Hampshire County Sheriff's Office is behind this relief effort. They have been collecting donations from residents and businesses in western Massachusetts, since last week. In addition, they have coordinated trips to deliver these items since Saturday, with local volunteer pilots.
Pilots like Tim Lacy have not only volunteered their time, but their plane--and their fuel.
"I look for opportunities to fly, I just enjoy it so much. But this adds just so much more meaning to it; and I can do it--and if you can do it then you should help", said Lacy.
22News went along for the ride in Lacy's twin-engine Piper Aztec, as he traveled over 200 miles delivering aid to those struggling to survive after the storm. His plane was stocked with bags of blankets, clothes, and other necessities that the people of New Jersey desperately need.
"This certainly helps. We're going to do our best to keep accommodating these people; and we're really appreciative of the outpouring of support", said Sheriff Shaun Golden of Monmouth County.
Over one million in the Garden State are still without power and many are without homes. Another hurdle these residents are also trying to overcome is the recent drop in temperatures--so these donations couldn't have come at a better time.
But the donations don't stop there. Early Tuesday morning, members from the Hampshire County Sheriff's Department will drive more items down to New Jersey.