South Charlotte

Helping out her hometown

Jenny Polvere grew up in Mobile, Ala., lived there for 30 years and hopes to retire there. On a recent visit following the tornadoes that hit the area, she realized she needed to do something to help.

"I have been ridin' those hurricanes, such as Betsy, Camille, Frederic, Elena, to name a few, and I know exactly what it is like to do without necessities - electricity, water - and have stood in many lines for hours just to get a bag of ice," Polvere said. "Whenever a disaster has affected my home state, I feel a strong need to do something."

Polvere, owner of Skinnyz Bar & Grille in Matthews - along with Dave Middleton, owner of Daybreaker Express, and Mike Streng of Atlantic Construction Solutions - has organized a weekend benefit event, Stockin' & Rockin' for Alabama's Rolltide Country.

They will help distribute the donations to two churches in Alabama: First Christian Church of Birmingham and First Christian Church of Tuscaloosa. They also will hold barbecues at the two churches to feed volunteers and victims of the tornadoes.

Items needed include: diapers, pull-ups, baby food, toothpaste and toothbrushes, Gatorade, snacks in individual wrappers, deodorant and other toiletries, paper towels, toilet paper, mosquito repellant, washcloths and towels, as well as paper plates, cups and plastic utensils.