Where there is a ‘will', there is a plane

Many roads around Houston still remain underwater which is making it difficult to get supplies to some of the areas hit the hardest by Harvey. However, the community of Georgetown has united and is aiding relief efforts by sending planes filled with supplies over to Beaumont Texas.

Fred Brent volunteered to help pack donated items collected Saturday morning and said he can't help but feel a tidal wave of emotions for those evacuees. "So anytime you hear of someone that's going through a storm like what happened with Harvey my heart goes out to them.  I’m just thankful that men and woman in Georgetown Texas want to help my hometown," said Brent.

Brent said he knows firsthand the devastations that a hurricane brings.

"I had a home in Orange, Texas in 2005 that was damaged very heavily. And when I went down there men and woman showed up from all over to help us with recovery efforts," he said.

Brent said seeing all the Harvey destruction wasn’t easy. 

"I had trees through my roof top, friends whose homes were lost, friends who never went back to their homes because the destruction was so bad.  It changes the landscape of a community forever. It has mental wounds mental scars that last forever for these men and woman," said Brent.

He along with dozens of other volunteers came together Saturday at the Georgetown Municipal Airport to donations.  Supplies and donations were then loaded onto an aircraft and flown to Beaumont Texas an area that was heavily flooded.   .

"Beaumont number one was really hard hit and number two it's been really difficult to get supplies in so Friday we got a call from the Red Cross that they couldn't get their trucks in because of the water and just this afternoon we heard that the bridge is out. We are the only people able to get relief supplies into the airport,” said Rene Banglesdorf CEO of Charlie Brave Aviation.

Pilot Ray Bailey this isn't his first time volunteering to fly supplies to hurricane ravaged areas. Bailey was involved in hurricane relief efforts when Hurricane Katrina made landfall back in 2005.

"There was a command center in Baton Rouge New Orleans and I did a number of flights moving people and their families and friends and so forth out of the disaster area," said Bailey.
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Bailey said he flew out food, supplies and other items during that time of need.

"I think everybody wants to help and this is our way of being able to help and give back," said Bailey.

Most of the planes and fuel used were on people's own dime.

"The pilots are not only volunteering their time but volunteering their plans which are sometimes expensive to operate and paying for the fuel and paying for the jet fuel to get there. So we've had well over half a million dollars donated in flights in just three days," said Banglesdorf.

11-year-old Bailey Chapmen helped pack hygiene kits. "I’m been putting toothpaste, deodorant and a lot of stuff in bags for people who don't have it and helping them out. I feel sad and happy, sad because they don't have anything, but happy because we are giving them more and more stuff," said Bailey.

Cody Hurt just returned few days ago from Houston where he spent days rescuing people out of flood waters.

“It was a positive experience, we helped a lot of people. I think we rescued a little over 500 people,” said Hurt.

He also said the state of Texas will remain united. 

"Texas strong southwest Texas vs.  Harvey," said Hurt.

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