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Operation Blessing Delivers Aid, Even as Irma Hammers Florida

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GARY LANE: Irma made US landfall Sunday morning

as a category 4 hurricane.

It moved from the Florida Keys on to the Florida mainland,

near Marco Island and Naples.

Flooding from storm surge and spin-off tornadoes

on both coasts were the greatest threats.

And as Hurricane Irma moved in, tens of thousands of Floridians

sought refuge in shelters like this one at a school in Ocala.

Operation Blessing International's Bill Horan

and David Darg wasted little time

providing help to those who needed it.

We caught up with them loading and delivering

relief to evacuees sheltered at Vanguard High School.

BILL HORAN: This particular shelter

is a high school that is a dog-friendly environment.

So you've got 1,100 people there,

and there's probably 400 dogs.

We identified ourselves, and he said, oh, Operation Blessing.

I've seen your trucks out on 24th Street--

because we've got this warehouse we're standing in here.

And we said, is there anything that you need at the shelter

that you don't have?

What do you need?

And he said, what I really need is some snacks.

If you've got any snacks--

GARY LANE: A lot of kids there.

BILL HORAN: Lots of kids, and even, you know, it's just--

GARY LANE: I like snacks.

Don't you?

[LAUGHS]

Yeah, I do, too.

It may not be health food, but we all like snacks.

And especially when you're sleeping

on the floor in a high school.

GARY LANE: OBI also delivered cases of bottled drinking

water and sugar-free Powerade.

Troy Sanford is the principal of the high school.

It's a wonderful opportunity in order

to make sure that they just can sit back and take a deep breath

and relax, and have that snack, have that bottled water,

have that Powerade.

GARY LANE: Horan says Operation Blessing Strike

Force is ready to deliver more extensive help later this week.

Once the storm comes and goes, and we

can help send those trucks to those ministries

that we have strong relationships

with in the places that really need it the worst.

So, Operation Blessing isn't waiting

until Hurricane Irma passes to offer help

to people in Florida.

They're helping refugees, evacuees,

that are actually living in schools and other shelters

in the state.

And then once the hurricane does pass,

that's when the real work will begin.

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