Jackson Gives Free Concert For Volunteers
August 3, 2006 at 7:11 AM (PT)
Country star ALAN JACKSON put on a free show in NASHVILLE last night (8/2) for a special group of volunteers. The group of about 1,200 people is currently working to build a house for a MUSIC CITY area family for the hit TV show EXTREME MAKEOVER:HOME EDITION, and JACKSON showed his appreciation for their time and efforts with a private show at the GRAND OLE OPRY HOUSE.
The HAWKINS family's home was destroyed this past APRIL when a tornado ripped through the NASHVILLE suburb of GALLATIN. AMY HAWKINS was home with her two young sons when the cyclone touched down and she covered the boys with her body to protect them from the flying debris. The heroic act saved her sons but when the house collapsed on her, AMY was paralyzed from the waist down.
Like most area residents, JACKSON had heard of the family's plight and wanted to do his part to help. He says, "Being close to home here, of course anybody that went through that you're more connected with. And then I think the fact that I'm a parent and I would give my life for my children, so I know she didn't think twice about it, and just the personal devastation they felt, not only with their home but of course their health. It's a never-ending battle, it sounds like." For more on the HAWKINS story and JACKSON's contribution just click here.