South Charlotte News Briefs Nov. 23

Senior communities bring Thanksgiving together

A number of area Brookdale Senior Living communities will serve a combined 125 Thanksgiving meals across the Charlotte area this week.

The communities, including Brookdale Place – South Charlotte, are providing the “gourmet” Thanksgiving meals to seniors in need, working closely with partners in the area to identify seniors who are alone or otherwise unable to receive a meal this year.

More than 125 meals will be delivered in the Charlotte area. The meals include turkey, gravy, cornbread dressing, cinnamon mashed sweet potatoes, sautéed green beans, butter croissants, cranberry relish and pumpkin pie.

“It’s our way of giving back to the community,” said Rebecca Smith, senior regional sales and marketing director for Brookdale Senior Living, in a news release. “We hope that these meals will help make a positive difference for local seniors this holiday season.”

Brookdale Place – South Charlotte is located on Rea Road.

Sangrock hosts Kicks for Cans

South Charlotte’s Sangrock Black Belt World is looking for canned food donations through its third annual Kicks for Cans program.

In the program, which wrapped up this weekend, students collected canned food for the Second Harvest Food Bank. In the first two years, students brought in more than 6,000 pounds of food. For every can they collected, students performed 10 kicks.

The day included the kick-a-thon, as well as a pumpkin pie contest and a Taekwondo exhibition by a team visiting from Korea.

Sangrock is located at 11030 Golf Links Drive. Find more information on the group at its website,

Local nurse named one of state’s best

Tara McMillan-Queen of the Mercy School of Nursing is one of the state’s best nurses.

McMillan-Queen, of south Charlotte, was selected as one of The Great 100 Nurses in North Carolina by The Great 100, Inc. RV Nursing Excellence Organization of N.C. Winners were picked based on their “outstanding professional abilities and commitment to improving health care in their communities.”

McMillan-Queen has worked in nursing for 27 years. At Mercy School of Nursing, she provides classroom and clinical instruction to undergraduate nursing students.

Local business looks for shoes for Samaritan’s Feet

The Run For Your Life group, a Charlotte-area chain of running aficionado stores with locations in south Charlotte, is trading gently used shoes for discounts this weekend.

Customers who bring in a pair of gently used running shoes on Saturday, Nov. 24, – also known as Small Business Saturday – will get a $20 discount for a new pair of running shoes. The old shoes will go to Samaritan’s Feet, which provides people around the world with shoes.

“We want everyone to get out and support Small Business Saturday,” said Tim Rhodes, owner of Run For Your Life, in a news release. “Remember, these are the businesses that are creating jobs right here in our community. Our experienced staff prides itself on a level of personal service that can only be found at small, local businesses.”

The company has two locations in south Charlotte: at 4722 Sharon Road, near SouthPark Mall; and 6416 Rea Road, in Piper Glen.


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