The generosity of the Matamata community has melted the heart of widow Krystle Haines, who says her town has gone "above and beyond".
Her husband Mike Haines died in a workplace accident on a Rapurapu Rd farm on May 27.
"Overwhelmed is the first word that comes to mind," Krystle Haines said. "We are going through such a terrible time and family, friends and even complete strangers have been amazing."
She and Mike came back to Matamata to raise a family.
Haines said she was proud to live in a community with so much kindness.
People have made donations into her bank account and dropped off food and cards.
"It melts my heart. It just makes me cry; I have been crying all the time."
She said Matamata has lived up to the great reputation small towns are known for.
"They say when tragedy strikes, small towns rise up but this town has gone above and beyond."
Trac Bar, where Haines was known as DJdfuse, raised $1000 for the family at a recent tribute night.
Trac Bar general manager Dave Fabling said he wanted to do something for the family because he had become friends with Mike Haines.
"You feel devastated for his wife and young family and want to try to make a contribution in some small way."
DJ Tiny played and the bar donated $2 from certain drink purchases and raffled fishing rods. People paid $10 each to play pool with lingerie waitresses. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Waikato Times