by Annie Tanella
In the continuing aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, many are willing to do all that they can to help put the storm, and its destruction, in the past. Several East Coast celebrities have realized how greatly the storm impacted their hometowns, if not their current homes.
The cast of the MTV’s Jersey Shore was disheartened to learn that Seaside Heights, their home for many summers, had been destroyed. MTV produced a special called Restore the Shore, which aired on Nov. 15. The show included musical performances, opportunities for viewers to donate and a segment that followed Snooki, Pauly D and other cast members around the town as they observed the damage. It was difficult for the cast members to see their beloved summer home in such a terrible state, but it only made them want to help more.
Other Jersey-born celebrities are also stepping up to help out. According to nytimes.com, New Jersey natives and musicians Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen are teaming up to host a benefit concert on Dec. 12 at Madison Square Garden called “12.12.12.” Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Robin Hood Relief Foundation, a charity that is providing money, housing and supplies for affected families in need. It’s not just celebrities making efforts to help rebuild the community; charitable gestures are occurring locally as well. Banana Hands, a t-shirt business created and run by seniors Ben Fine and Jake Greenberg, is donating 10 percent of its profits to Sandy victims.
Also, Wilson School Teacher Ms. Maureen Willis is selling bracelets with her class that read “Peace, Love, Jersey Shore” to support the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund. Even though Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast several weeks ago, many victims are continuing to struggle with their recovery.
However, the storm devastation wasn’t enough to bring down New Jersey residents. With their willingness to help and hope that everything will improve quickly, the people of New Jersey will continue to come together and work toward the rebuilding of their home.