Local volunteers flying in help for Harvey victims

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DENISON, Texas (KXII) -- A group of local veterans are bringing faster help to Harvey victims, by flying it in.

They're partnering with Denison's aviation academy, who's donating its fuel and time, to fly back and forth with supplies.

"To be able to have the ability to fly in supplies and get to places where vehicles can't, it's a game changer," local veteran John Hardin said, who is with the nonprofit The Warrior's Keep.

The heaviest tropical downpour ever recorded in the continental United States. With widespread flooding, driving in donations can be a challenge.

"Pretty much every road going into Houston at some point is stopped," US Aviation Academy Director of Flight Operations Seth Hamilton said.

So two local veteran nonprofits are working with the US Aviation Academy at North Texas Regional Airport, to get supplies there quicker.

"Now we're able to go nonstop around the clock, flying stuff in to these people," local veteran Daniel Kelley said, who is with the nonprofit Operation Relink.

"All those places that got hit pretty bad, we can actually get an airplane into and get across the water that may be stopping some of the major highways," Hamilton said.

The plane can hold about 1,000 pounds of donations. The veterans, pilots and aviation students will be going on the trips.

"Talking about air transportation, weight's a huge thing that you have to take into consideration," Hardin said.

So they are asking for lightweight donations. A big need is disposable thermometers

"Dry clothing, blankets, towels, toiletries, baby formula, baby food, diapers, wipes," Kelley said.

Now that the Houston airports are back open, that's where they will be flying in and out of, meeting up with the Red Cross when they land.

Other veterans in the nonprofits will be driving down the heavier donations.

"We're veterans, we've been through disaster relief efforts before," Hardin said.

"So it's what we do, we go and help people," Kelley said.

And these volunteers said they'll fly back and forth for as long as they're needed.

"So as long as people keep donating, we'll keep running stuff down there," Hamilton said.

All donations can be dropped off at the US Aviation Academy Student Center at North Texas Regional Airport.