Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday that the Florida Division of Emergency Management has dispatched two cargo planes carrying 85 pallets of donated goods to Israel.
They will arrive on Wednesday, according to a news release from the governor’s office.
Israeli Consul General Maor Elbaz-Starinsky watched the cargo’s loading and departure.
The Division of Emergency Management created a video showing cargo loading.
Medical supplies, clothes, hygiene goods, and children’s toys are among the things.
“With the lack of leadership in Washington, we are stepping up to help our allies in Israel who are in need of supplies and our support,” DeSantis said in a statement. “As we continue to bring back Americans who were stranded in Israel when the war began, we will also keep sending the necessary health care supplies for Israel to care for those who have been injured.”
735 bandages, almost 5,000 hospital gowns, 84 IV kits, over 30,000 needles, over 30,000 syringes, 57 ventilators, and over 10,000 packs of surgical gloves are among the medical supplies.
“Thanks to Governor DeSantis’ decisive action, the Division was able to quickly coordinate with our Israeli partners and compile needed supplies,” stated Division Executive Director Kevin Guthrie. “After working with the Israeli Consulate, medical partners, and hospitals in Israel, the Division identified what items were most in need to reduce inundation and increase efficiency.”
More than 1,000 children’s toys, more than 300 sleeping bags, more than 1,000 hygiene goods, and more than 2,000 articles of clothing were among the comfort items.
The first flight bringing 300 American citizens from Israel arrived in Florida on Sunday as part of DeSantis’ executive order last week permitting the rescue of Floridians in Israel during the country’s conflict with Palestinian terrorist group Hamas.
According to the governor’s office, more than 270 personnel arrived in Tampa and another seven in Orlando, with assistance from numerous state agencies.