VENICE, Fla. (FOX 13) - Preparing to fly into devastation, Agape Flights pilot Jeff Yannucciello will take more than supplies with him to the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas. He's taking hope - in the form of 1,600 pounds of water, food, clothes, and rescue items to the islands, ravaged by Hurricane Dorian.
The crew was also on a mission to find a family from Tennessee who have been living in the Bahamas for the past three years. Thankfully, that family was able to reach out first.
The Luttrell family has lived in Marsh Harbour, on Great Abaco, with their seven children, working with the Caribbean Ministries Association. As Dorian hit they made one last call, saying the shutters were flying off their home.
The Luttrell family are missionaries in Abaco. On their last call, they said the shutters were flying off their home. 7 of their children are with them. Agape Flights from Venice will work to locate them. @FOX13News #Venice @AgapeFlights pic.twitter.com/U9vibsjtZU— Kim Kuizon FOX 13 (@kkuizon) September 2, 2019
Yannucciello and his crew were tasked with making contact with the family, but Monday night, the Luttrells were able to get word to their daughter that they were OK.
Meanwhile, the Agape Flights crew continues to take donations to take to the islands. They hope to get off the ground by Wednesday, but it all depends on conditions at the two airports.
They're asking for large tarps, water purification tablets, and items to clear areas of debris. To help call Agape Flights at 941-488-0990 or 941-584-8078. You can drop off items to the hangar at 100 Airport Ave E, Venice FL.
Items needed include:
-batteries (AAA, AA, C, D Cell only)
Hygiene First Aid Supplies (travel sizes preferred):
-Toothpaste and Brushes
-triple antibiotic ointment
-antibacterial hand and face wipes
Non-perishable food items:
-protein or granola bars
-Prepackaged pouches/packets of Chicken or Tuna (no cans)
-Prepackaged cheese or peanut butter crackers
-Peanut Butter (no glass containers)