Bret Michaels Helps Out in Tornado-Ravaged Town

By: Kimberly Ripley - June 24, 2014

Bret Michaels and his band pitched in to help clean up efforts in a tornado-ravaged town in Nebraska. It was just over a week ago that Pilger, Nebraska sustained considerable damage and destruction following an EF4 tornado that touched down there. More than half of the town of 350 was impacted by the storm. Two of the town’s residents–one of them a little girl–were killed.

Michaels and his band were taken inside the Pilger Middle School to see the damage that took place there.

“I just got that lump,” he said as he observed the rubble. “Thinking about the children in this town, it takes your breath away.”

He added that he had no clue exactly what such devastation would look like up close.

“It’s one thing to see it on TV. But when you actually get out here, it’s completely different. I’ve never seen anything like this in my life,” Michaels said.

Bret Michaels and his band members and crew worked cleaning up rubble at the home of Tim and Betty Maly, who had nothing left on their property besides their basement.

“It’s wonderful. You can’t thank them enough. People take time out of their days off or use their spare time to come here. It’s just unreal,” Betty Maly said of the former Poison front man and his fellow musicians.

Bret Michaels knows all about people helping other people. When he suffered a brain hemorrhage in 2010 he was surrounded by many who supported him in his time of need. Perhaps this is his way of giving back.

Regardless of the reason behind his volunteer actions, Bret Michaels is certainly setting a wonderful example for other celebrities–showing that not only is it important to give of one’s wealth, but that rolling up one’s sleeves and pitching in for the dirty work is often important, too.

In addition to working their clean-up details, the former Celebrity Apprentice winner and his band signed autographs for the people of Pilger, as well as for other volunteers.

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Kimberly RipleyKimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.

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  • ColorMePurple

    While I am thrilled to see this, especially as a long-time Poison & Bret Michaels fan, I would like to point out to Ms. Ripley, that these guys are not the first celebs to help with clean up efforts after a tornado. Country music has been doing so for quite some time, most notably last year in Moore, Oklahoma.