One country music star is going above and beyond the call of duty for victims of Hurricane Irma. He even wanted to stay anonymous.
When Kenny Chesney heard about two teen brothers Jah-Haile Bruce and Jahbioseh Bruce, who found themselves stranded after Hurricane Irma destroyed their home on the U.S. Virgin Island of St. John, he stepped in to help.
When Hurricane Irma tore through the U.S. Virgin Islands, Jah-Haile, Jahbioseh, and their grandfather rode out the hurricane in their home. They all huddled on the floor of their shower. As they waited for the storm to pass, they weren't sure if they were going to survive.
“Five minutes later the roof just ripped off [over] our head,” Jah-Haile told CNN.
His brother added, “That’s the moment where I was terrified because I felt like Irma was a spirit. I felt like I saw a hand grab the roof, squeeze it, and throw it off into the wind. It was crazy.”
In the end, all three of them survived, but they lost their home and nearly all of their possessions. After the hurricane passed, they were evacuated to nearby St. Croix.
There's nothing left for the boys to return to on St. John's. Their goal is to be reunited with their mother in Philadelphia, but no commercial flights were leaving the island. That's when Kenny Chesney stepped in to help them.
While waiting on the island of St. Croix, the brothers learned that someone had anonymously donated the use of a private jet to carry them to the U.S. That anonymous donor was, of course, none other than CMA Entertainer of the Year winner Kenny Chesney.
Chesney also had a home on St. John that was destroyed by Hurricane Imra, so it makes sense why he would empathize with the boys. But they aren't the only ones he has helped. Country Rebel described how he's become a "hero" to the people of the "ravaged" island.
"Not only has Kenny used his own resources to send water, pet food, and other necessary supplies to the island, but he has also used his star power to raise money to help the people there rebuild through the Love for Love City Foundation," said the article.
“That place and the people mean so much more to me than my house," said Chesney in an interview directly after the hurricane.
"The people is what I've been thinking about the most because those people helped change me as a human being. I've got some of the best friends in my life down there...that knew me before I got famous, that knew me before my life changed. That's why my heart goes out to these people."
The boys thanked Chesney for his generosity. They can't wait to be back with their mother.
"I kept saying, 'One day this is going to be one good story to tell,'" said Jahbioseh.
"And now we're on CNN telling this story. It's crazy," added Jah-Haile.