Sheriff A.J. Smith led a caravan of help for Hurricane Harvey help that left early Monday for Chambers County, Texas.
Together with a semi-trailer truck on loan from Water Street Seafood, driven by Lucky McLeod and Johnny Rickards, and another one filled up and on loan from Barber Seafood, the convoy left with a large amount of goods donated from Franklin County, as well as $10,000 in cash, about $1,000 of which was raised Friday at a fundraiser at Slice in Apalachicola.
Smith said participants from other sheriff's office in Florida joined in the effort.
"Thank you Franklin County for all of the donations for Texas. We truly live in a very giving community and the FCSO is proud to call this home. There are so many of you that donated," Smith said. "Thank you everyone for your generosity and support for Texas. It could have been our town."
After dropping off the goods with Sheriff Brian Hawthorne and staff in Chambers County, just southeast of Houston, Smith and company hurried back to be on the watch for Hurricane Irma.
"FCSO is working closely with emergency management and other county agencies to be prepared for any potentially dangerous weather," he said. "We are hopeful that Irma won't arrive in Franklin County, but ready for the worst. FCSO has met several times this hurricane season to be prepared for such storms. Please take this time to make sure you have the essentials in case of an emergency. Follow the local and national weather updates to stay informed of this category 5 hurricane."