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ONLY ON FOX 17: Savannah Hyden's Father Helps Others, Right After Losing Daughter to the Flu--Mikayla Lewis

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HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. --A Sumner County father is using the memory of his 11-year-old daughter to fuel a random act of kindness.

"She was such a special little girl. She really liked to help people out also," said Steven Hyden.

Just six weeks ago, Hyden's daughter, Savannah passed away from H1N1. He is now taking lessons from her.

Hyden explained, " The line between us are unreal...Hate hate and love love...It's easy for people to walk down the street, and say I don't have to help this person because that's not me...I don't live in that."

He does want his neighbor to live in her home, though. Steven Hyden decided to help his neighbor get back into her house and fix it up after she had to move out the last two years.

Hyden's neighbor does not want to reveal her identity, so we refer to her as "Jude." She bought the house nearly 15 years ago, but has faced several challenges. Repeated flooding has damaged her home, and caused mold and mice to grow in the house. The house is nearly 3,00 sq. ft and is full of item that are hard for Jude to let go of. Jude became severely sick because of the bacteria in her house and has had to live elsewhere. She has waited for her health to improve, so she can get in and organize the items.

"It was just so overwhelming having all that. I am feeling like there is hope now. Steven's just been wonderful and it's hard to believe that he's been through so much tragedy and still helping other people," said Jude.

While Steven is fixing up Jude's home, he is still working and taking care of his own family. Stan Marlar owns 180Zone, a company that treats and kills nearly all bacteria in a building for up to three months. Stan treated Hyden's home for free, after Savannah's death to prevent the rest of the family from getting  sick. Marlar stepped in to help once again, and treated Jude's home to kill bacteria with his ozone treatment.


Marlar said, " Steven's doing something that a lot of people talk about doing or want to do but he is actually doing it. He saw a need and he stopped and helped this lady."

More helped rolled in during our interview. Fox 17 reached out to 1-800-Got-Junk? The company hauls items anywhere from recycle centers, donation sites to the trash. The business donated two truck loads and labor free of charge to Hyden.

1-800-GOT-JUNK? general manager, Jesse Lawson said, "We want to try and do as much to give back to the community and we feel like it's a win win for us. "

Hyden says, " It's an amazing thing when you can get people  that are all on the same page and just want to help."

Even with the help of businesses like 180Zone and 1-800-GOT-JUNK?---Steven Hyden is paying for the rest out of his own pocket and taking on the labor. Anyone that wants to help donate services, supplies or financial aid, contact:

Steven Hyden at 615-818-6434, or email: stevenhyden1@yahoo.com
 or Mikayla Lewis: mnlewis@fox17.com

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