Ontario sends $100K worth of supplies to Harvey victims in Texas
Bottles of baby formula, cribs with mattresses and linens en route to victims
A plane carrying $100,000 worth of Ontario-donated bottles of baby formula, cribs and other items to tropical storm Harvey victims in Texas left Trenton, Ont., this morning.
The storm has devastated vast swaths of Texas and parts of Louisiana, with flooding forcing tens of thousands of people from their homes.
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Ontario sent Texas more than 14,000 bottles of baby formula, 200 cribs with mattresses and linens, and other items, via a flight from Canadian Forces Base Trenton, in response to a request from the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency.
"I feel fantastic," said Master Cpl. Jarrod Conroy, who was helping to load the 10,900 kilograms of supplies onto the CC-130J Hercules cargo plane in Trenton.
"I mean, this is one of our mandates, to assist in the relief efforts of not only our own country but our close allies as well."
Kimberly Sercel, an exchange officer with the U.S. air force, was also on hand to help out with the mission.
"It is an essential flight," she said. "I know they're hurting down in Texas and I know a lot of people down in the U.S. are gathering all their supplies and trying to go help out, so I'm glad we can be a party to it."
The flight is expected to arrive at the U.S. air force base in San Antonio later on Sunday.
With files from The Associated Press and The Canadian Press