Muhlenberg County Family Overwhelmed By Support

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- As Chad and Kylie Watson continue to recover in Nashville, in Muhlenberg County, family members said they cannot believe the outpouring of love they've received, not only across the state of Kentucky, but across America as well.

"These people have went above and beyond what they have to do and our family is overwhelmed," said Adam Brown. Brown is a first cousin to Chad Watson.

Those individuals aren't just members of Muhlenberg County or even Kentucky communities. County music group, The Band Perry has agreed to pay for the funeral that will include 9 Watson family members. Funds have also started at multiple banks and their in-boxes have been flooded ever since.

"Today (Monday) we got contributions from Arizona, Oregon, Alabama and several parts of Kentucky," commented Western Kentucky Region President for Old National Bank, Peggy Williams.

Despite the monetary donations, the place the Watson family once called home lies covered with burnt debris and twisted metal. Jagoe Homes, a local building company, has stepped up to make sure when Chad and Kylie recover from the hospital, they'll have a new house all of their own.

"If people want to donate material or donate time building the house, we'd be glad to do that. If there's a shortfall our family is going to take care of the rest of it," said Scott Jagoe.

For now, a memorial is nailed to a tree over a garden of flowers left by family, friends, and even strangers who've been touched by the story.
No matter the support, it's hard for family members to forget the night of the fire.

"We take turns consoling each other. I've pastored for 20 years and I try to help. I try to console. Ten minutes later somebody is trying to console me and help me. Our family is strong and our faith is strong," added Brown.

The family said the wide amount of donations has been positive for them but they admit it's going to be very tough this week as they mentally prepare for the funeral set for Saturday.

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