Following the wake of Hurricane Irma, the Florida Panthers, South Florida Ford and the Dan Marino Foundation have partnered up to deliver 80 palettes worth of supplies to the Florida Keys on Tuesday, September 19.
Donations and hurricane relief supplies were collected at the BB&T Center from Friday, Sept. 15 to Sunday, Sept. 17.
"I'm proud to announce that we have 80 palettes of supplies that are in our garage," said Florida Panthers President and CEO Matthew Caldwell. "That's almost 30,000 pounds of water, clothes, toilet paper, paper towels, batteries, flashlights and we're stacking about 20 or so trucks right now and get ready for this convoy."
The convoy, which departed for the Keys at 10 am EST, came together with the help of 30 Ford dealers in South Florida, Sunrise Police, Florida Highway Patrol and the local community.
"We've worked tirelessly in the last 24 hours to figure out how we're going to get all these items down to the Keys and again the community came and rallied," said South Florida Ford Dealers Account Director Gregg Snowden. "We got local businesses, moving companies, partners with the Panthers, partners of Ford all came together and are helping us bring all these items down to the Keys."
State Senator for Monroe County Anitere Flores also joined the Panthers, Ford and Dan Marino Foundation on Tuesday's trip after having visited the Keys and Monroe County in the days following Irma.
"We're going today with phase one thanks to the amazing support of the Panthers, Ford, Dan Marino Foundation but really of the community who opened up their hearts," said Flores.
Anyone wishing to contribute to Hurricane Irma relief efforts can make $5 donation to Florida's Hurricane relief fund by texting "Relief" to 74747.
"I want to thank you all on behalf of everyone who can't be up here, the people we're going to go out and see today because they have our help and need our help today," said Flores. "They're going to need our help for the next several months."