‘American Pickers’ Star Mike Wolfe Honors Kentucky Tornado Victims and Pledges Major Donation

by Courtney Blackann
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“American Pickers” star Mike Wolfe hails from a small Iowa town, so he’s no stranger to a sense of community. This is true in times of both triumph and tragedy. Following one of the worst tornado strikes on record in the United States, Wolfe is pledging to help those victims who lost so much right before the holidays.

In a post on Instagram, Wolfe shared his sincerest condolences to the families and communities impacted in the strong of deadly tornadoes. The “American Pickers” personality also vowed to do what he could to donate and help.

“Saturday morning changed the lives of thousands of people. It’s hard to grasp the idea that this was the longest tornado in US history covering six states — with Kentucky being the hardest hit. The toll these tornadoes have left on communities, businesses, families, and individuals is so large that each hour we’re learning more about its devastation. This storm has and will forever alter families for generations,” Wolfe captioned the post.

“American Pickers” Star Asks Public for Help in Donations

He also went on to say:

“From the simplest needs to the most extreme, every donation makes a large impact. In a relief to help, @antiquearchaeology is donating $10K to the @unitedwaysoky’s recovery fund that is being distributed directly to families impacted by the tornado. I’ve always believed that we are here to take care of each other and this is the time when our neighbors need us most.”

“There are many ways to help — no matter how big or small. Link in bio to learn how. God Bless and Stay Safe MW.”

Mike Wolfe is typically known for his hometown pride and leaning on family and friends during tough times. The “American Pickers” star has spent decades hunting for treasures across the country. While he looks for hidden gems that would be super cool to fix up, Wolfe has often said that his show is more about the people and their stories.

“For me, I want to know why people go down this path, why they buy all high-quality stuff. For this guy, it was because he worked in a gas station when he was 13. Just that one experience changed his path. That’s what interests me. I go in, and people have one hundred or one thousand of one thing, and it’s the back story that is intriguing to me.”