Jimmy Wayne headed down to Montgomery, Ala., recently to help Ty Pennington and the folks at Extreme Makeover: Home Edition build a house. The episode, which airs at 7 p.m. today on ABC, WKRN, Channel 2, shows the crew helping the Jordan family, which has devoted itself to "community service after losing a daughter to domestic violence and a son to a drunk driver."
Jimmy hasn't seen the show, so he's not sure if he is even included but he says that's not what's important.
"I'm just a huge fan of that show and we got the invite to go down there and help, and I was all about it," Jimmy says. "That's what I do. I like to get involved in charity work. It wasn't about getting on TV, but getting down there and helping build a house and being a part of something that was really cool."
Jimmy traveled down a day early and played a short benefit show with Ty the night before the build. Jimmy says he hopped on stage, where he and Ty played everything from the Rolling Stones to Lynyrd Skynyrd. All the money raised there went to the Jordan family.
The next morning Jimmy went to the build site where, he says, he helped frame walls and ate — a lot.
"Their catering was the biggest catering I've ever seen in my life," he says. "Out of all five videos I've had, their catering was still bigger than all of those combined. There was literally about 110 boxes of Krispy Kreme doughnuts .. I ate like four, doughnuts not boxes."
But, looking back at the experience, what the singer remembers most is the sense of community he saw and felt while on the build site.
"I think what was really cool to me was that even with our economic state where it is right now, was to see the amount of people in the neighborhood still unselfishly giving themselves to this project," Jimmy says. "People were showing up, schoolteachers with kids from their class. All kinds of people, man it was great."