On June 23, 2014, Bret Michaels stopped in Pilger, Nebraska, to help with the clean-up process. After a pair of EF4, classified tornadoes tore through the small Nebraska town, destroying 75% of the town, Bret, along with his band and road crew came to help the people.
Bret said, “When I heard the news of what happened to the folks in Pilger, I immediately wanted to do something to give them a hand in the aftermath of this disaster. I have many friends and family in that area including my sisters, one of which served in the Air Force station at Offutt AFB in Omaha.”
Bret gave the citizens of Pilger comfort by taking time out of his busy schedule to lend a hand. The residents had nothing but devastation around them, but Bret’s presence there took them away from the horrible incident for a short time. He signed autographs, as the volunteers and residents had their picture taken with him. He offered comfort and hugs to those who were hurting.
According to the Norfolk Daily News, Bret and his crew arrived in two large tour busses. Just like everyone who wanted to come into town, law enforcement met them and required them register with the statewide credentialing system.
Stanton County Sheriff Mike Unger took Bret and his crew to the school. Bret choked back the tears many times. He said that seeing the devastation in person is so different than watching it on TV. He had never seen anything like it in his life.
Bret and his crew were assigned to help the Maly family. Betty and Tim lost their vehicle, and most of their home. However, her son who lived across town, lost everything.
Betty told the Norfolk Daily news, “I'm doing pretty good. I went to work for a few hours yesterday to get some normalcy. . . . Today has been kind of hard, just seeing all of the big machinery in town, piling everything up.”
Bret not only gives his time in the cleanup, he also wants to donate. He said, “I just happen to be here in Pilger today, but I’m going to make a donation through my Life Rocks foundation to the people who were affected by the storms. Also, we're going to do a big benefit concert for all of the communities. We're going to get it set up, maybe sometime in August, and do it right. I'm going to look into finding a great venue. I don't make false promises. I'll be back.”
Bret has some pictures posted on his Facebook page of Pilger and the people he met. Many people posted comments on his page, thanking him for volunteering to help. Not many celebrities would take the time to help others out, but Bret is different. He still remembers his roots and the people love him.
Bret is the former lead singer of the group Poison. While doing a concert in Manchester, New Hampshire , Bret was rushed off stage for a medical emergency. Since childhood, he has had Type 1 diabetes. In 2010, he needed an emergency appendectomy. After that, he suffered from a massive brain hemorrhage and then he had a stroke. However, this 51-year-old rocker doesn’t give up.
We would like to thank Bret, his band and his road crew for helping out the town of Pilger. They will never know the impact they had on people's lives. Wouldn't it be wonderful if there were more people in the world who would take time out of their busy schedule to lend a helping hand?