Phoenix trucker donates big rig to Houston flood relief

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Luis Corona, of Phoenix, and his 18 wheeler have been driving the country for the last 15 years.   Now his journey is about to take him to Houston. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Luis Corona, of Phoenix, and his 18 wheeler have been driving the country for the last 15 years.  Now his journey is about to take him to Houston. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Using his own time and fuel, Corona recently decided to use his rig to deliver supplies to flood victims. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Using his own time and fuel, Corona recently decided to use his rig to deliver supplies to flood victims. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Have truck, will travel.

Luis Corona, of Phoenix, and his 18 wheeler have been driving the country for the last 15 years. 

"48 states," Corona specified. 

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Now his journey is about to take him to Houston. Using his own time and fuel, Corona recently decided to use his rig to deliver supplies to flood victims.

"I'm doing it out of my heart because people need help over there," said Corona.  

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But he needed things to fill it with, so his daughter put out a post on social media just two days ago.

"My dad has always had a giving heart, he's always volunteering his time," said Raquel Corona.  

The community responded in a big way. People like Bing Amanpour dropped off car loads of items. 

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"It's the right thing to do, people need help in Texas, so I'm pretty sure they can use the clothes, the jackets, the sweaters that we have," said Amanpour. 

"Honestly, I wasn't expecting it to get as big as it got," said Raquel.

Very quickly, the 53-foot box on Corona's truck started looking a lot smaller than it did before and the distance between Texas, and Arizona, not so far at all. 

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"The biggest thing is going to be when I arrive in Houston and deliver this. I think it's going to be the best payday in the world," said Corona.  

Corona hits the open road Saturday morning, and will arrive in Houston Monday. He plans to drop the items off at the Houston Convention Center or a local church.

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