Man raises money for Tenn. tornado victims after suffer own loss in 1999 storm

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — As the tornado came through Perry County, Tennessee Wednesday night, Kirk Haston was reminded of one of his most horrific days.

“The most devastating news that anybody could ever receive,” he tells Media General contributors.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

It was 1999 when another tornado hit the small town, claiming the life of his mother.

“The entire house was just obliterated,” Haston explained.

The aftermath left the Haston family devastated, but the community support was unforgettable.

“After going through that in ’99 and seeing how many people were willing to help me, people I didn’t even know it really has always made me have a soft spot for situations like this to try to get as many people on board to help out,” Haston said.

With the devastation hitting close to home for Haston he decided to start a fundraising campaign. As the boys basketball coach at Perry County High School, the teams were the first to donate.

“It’s a great thing to see kids like that lead by example,” said Haston.

In only a matter of hours, the fundraising site raised more than 10-thousand dollars to help those who were hit the hardest.

Haston tells Media General contributors it’s the least he can do for his home town that supported his family during their time of need.

“It’s a heart wrenching thing to see people go through, but it’s a heartwarming thing to see how many people are willing to step up and help others,” he added.

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