Rock star Bret Michaels and his band took the time to aid the tornado damaged town Pigler earlier this week on Monday.
The lead vocalist who gained his fame as the Poison head man has sold over 45 million records worldwide. In addition to being a reality TV show figure who is best known for 'Rock of Love with Bret Michaels.'
Last week Michaels talked to his band about helping out the small town in Nebraska with a trip to get relief for the local citizens in a report by KETV 7. Michaels had only seen pictures of the devastation in Pilger, but the damage tugged at his heart.
“(I'm) watching the people, seeing what they're going through, and to know two people passed away,” said Michaels.
Michaels was performing at Westfair -- and decided to spend his only day off in-between his busy schedule to go down to help the local residents with anything they needed to get back onto their feet.
“I said, 'Whatever they need me to do.' I said, 'I’ve done everything.' We'll hand out food, water. We can cook, clean up. I can help build,” he said.
Michaels hopes to build a sense of hope, showing the people hit hardest they don't have to do it alone.
“The love we give back, we take very serious because we want to make sure it's done right,” he said.
The category EF4 tornado destroyed and damaged more than half of the northeastern Nebraska town. Two people were killed by the storm.
Stanton County Sheriff Mike Unger took Michaels, his band and crew into the heavily damaged Pilger Middle School.
"I just got that lump," Michaels said, his hand on his throat, as he looked at the rubble. "Thinking about the children in this town, it takes your breath away."
"He had no idea how badly the town of 350 was damaged," said Unger.
"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.
Michaels brought his band and a crew of roughly a dozen people to work on rebuilding the town while handing out food and supplies to local residents. He also took the time to sign autographs, give handshakes and hugs to people. He then took his crew to help fix the home of Tim and Betty Maly. Besides the basement, not much was left.
"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," Maly said.
Michaels plans to make a second trip back to the tornado stricken town after he gets more time off on his tour to continue helping the local residents clean up and rebuild their town.