Christa Robison, a Florida Tech alumna and instructor at F.I.T. Aviation and native of Grand Ridge in Jackson County, helped fundraise for and deliver more than $3,000 worth of supplies to the area in the wake of Hurricane Michael.
Robison, pictured, visited what was left of her hometown a day after Michael’s Oct. 10 landfall pulverized the mostly rural area about 65 miles northeast of Panama City Beach, and she knew she had to do something.
She created a GoFund Me page and used the money raised there to purchase more than 1,300 pounds of food, diapers, cleaning supplies, even Halloween candy. She also began inquiring about how best to get the supplies to the area.
Isaac Silver, associate dean at the College of Aeronautics, got involved at that point and helped arrange for the use of – and fly – Florida Tech’s Piper Chieftain. (This plane itself was the result of charitable intentions, as it was made possible by a grant from the Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust, which funded its purchase in order to enhance Florida Tech’s Flight Test Engineering program.) Florid Tech covered flight costs, including fuel.
After dropping off supplies, Silver flew on to Nashville to pick up a wounded combat veteran, who was then flown to Fort Lauderdale for medical treatment as part of Silver’s volunteer efforts with the nonprofit Veterans Airlift Command.
Robison said at the time she was glad to help some of the smaller communities that didn’t initially get the attention of the more publicized areas of damage.
“I wish I could do more, but it’s better than nothing,” she said.