SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - A Central Coast dentist is helping out victims of Hurricane Irma in the Florida Keys.
After seeing images of the devastation caused by the massive storm, Dr. Douglas Ng felt compelled to help in the recovery efforts.
"When you see these things on TV, how can you not help?" said Dr. Ng. "We're very privileged to live where we're at. If we've been given stuff, we help with what we can."
The dentist, who currently operates SLO Family Dentistry and Nipomo Family Dentistry, is giving a lot of stuff to hurricane victims. He's donating much needed personal hygiene products.
"Toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, all the exciting things for dentistry," said Dr. Ng. "Sometimes it's just nice to be able to brush your teeth."
Following the destruction caused by the storm, many Florida Keys residents have gone without bare essentials, such as dental supplies.
"The stores are boarded up. There's no where to get things. They're just isolated, they're cut off," said Dr. Ng. "The roads are washed out, but there's still people there that need help and hygiene products are always in demand."
To help out, Dr. Ng sent out hundreds of dental supplies through an organization called Operation Lobster Drop.
"It's a bunch of pilots that have these private planes," said Dr. Ng. "For the people that are still stuck there, who are isolated and who have nothing, that have lost everything, they just drop supplies off, water, hygiene supplies, clothes, whatever they need to help these people get by."
Dr. Ng said he was connected to the organization through a friend.
"I was very thankful for the opportunity to help out," said Dr. Ng. "I wish I was down there to help out, but I can't do that right now, so at least it's my small way of helping out."
The dental supplies were shipped out of the Central Coast on Wednesday.
They will arrive on the east coast in a couple of days and are expected to be delivered to people in the Florida Keys later this week.
"It's nice to being able to instead just write a check to able donate something that you know is going to get to people that need it right away," said Dr. Ng.