UPDATE: Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers and members of the Tennessee Department of Transportation made it safely to the Florida state line on Monday night.


A tweet from the Tennessee Highway Patrol's Chattanooga branch shows the agencies being met at the state line by Florida state troopers.

Florida state troopers will help make sure the donations get to the right place.

Two weeks ago, THP troopers decided to go the extra mile by helping those who lost so much because of Hurricane Michael.

Monday morning, the agencies packed two semi-trucks full of donations to take to devastated areas in Florida.

THP troopers and TDOT plan on driving back to the Tennessee Valley on Wednesday.

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Thousands are still without power, and many are trying to pick up the pieces from the disaster.

TDOT and state troopers want to spread the Tennessee Volunteer spirit this holiday season.

They packed two semi-trucks to take to the state line.

Two weeks ago, THP troopers wanted to go the extra mile by helping those who lost so much because of Hurricane Michael.

Sgt. Alan Bailey says they are extending a helping hand so that the community doesn't feel forgotten.

“People are quick to give at the beginning,” Bailey said. “Then they kind of forget because of the disaster in California.”

From day to day, these agencies often work together, and they wanted to use that teamwork to help others in need.

“We are a volunteer state, and we are good stewards of the taxpayer dollars,” Joe Deering said.

THP troopers have been in contact with Florida troopers.

They say they have enough water, but they gave a list of other items in demand.

“They also asked for things like school supplies because they said the schools got hit hard too,” Bailey explained. “They asked for sleeping bags and blankets.”

These drivers have a seven-hour trip ahead of them.

Right now, they don't know where they will be going, but troopers in the Sunshine State will meet with them to make sure their donations get to the right place.

The agencies look forward to making a difference.

“To see how it directly affects them. A lot of people that donate don't actually get to see the area,” Bailey said.

THP troopers and TDOT plan on driving back to the Tennessee Valley on Wednesday.