By Erin O’Donnell
With the holiday season upon us, sadly hundreds of residents across the east coast are with no homes due to the recent Hurricane Sandy. This storm formed Oct 22 and went completely through to Oct 31.
New York City Mayor Bloomberg called for a mandatory evacuation of low-lying parts of the city. The subway system was completely shut down for days. Major establishments, like casinos, closed their doors. This wasn’t just another storm; Sandy hit much harder than anticipated.
Beautiful houses on the coast were demolished by flooding. The power has been out for more than a week now, and sanitation and food is limited. Scary images have poured in of debris concealing the streets and multiple feet of floodwater in homes.
Thankfully, people from all around the country are coming together to help these victims with thousands of donations. Celebrities and public figures from all kinds have collaborated to help those affected and offer some relief.
NBC aired a heart warming benefit concert on Nov 2 that had big name stars like Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Christina Aguilera and more. This particular show was so successful it reportedly brought in $23 million for relief funds. According to Entertainment Weekly, musicians and comedians are continuing their support with more benefit concerts to be held in the weeks ahead, including stars like Philip Philips, Jerry Seinfeld and Justin Bieber.
Rihanna donated 1000 sleeping bags to the Daily News Hurricane Sandy relief effort, according to the Daily News. She turned her album release party at The 40/40 Club in New York, NY to an event to collect more supplies.
Rihanna commented to the Daily News, “Now is the time for us to come together and do whatever we can to aid those in need.”
She isn’t the only celebrity that has stepped up to help. Reports state that Jersey Shore star, Vinny Guadagnino, has helped in Staten Island. Vinny, a true Staten Island local, humbly helped a great deal with the clean-up process.
The Daily News said, “The storm was a double whammy for Vinny, slamming both the Jersey Shore and his native Staten Island.”
ABC News reports that Disney and ABC have teamed up with The Red Cross to raise money for the Hurricane Sandy victims, and have successfully raised around $15 million through ABC viewers.
Hurricane Sandy was one hard hit to the east coast, and then a few days after came a nor’easter that packed a punch on the hurricane victims. This additional storm brought high winds and snow that certainly didn’t make things any easier.
Even with that at hand, many other celebrities have pitched in to help.
According to The Huffington Post, Lady Gaga has pledged a donation of $1 million to The Red Cross. She posted on her blog, “New York is relentless ambition, a drive to succeed, a place where there is a natural pursuit of diversity through compassion. Please accept this gift on behalf of myself, my parents Joe and Cynthia, and my sister Natali, with our deepest gratitude, New York, for raising us. Thank you for helping me build my spirit. I will now help you rebuild yours.”
A long list of celebrities, musicians, comedians and public figures have contributed to helping the victims of Hurricane Sandy.
A CCSU student, Kristen Bennett, says she is surprised by the support that various public figures have provided.
“I’m impressed with how everyone has come together to support those affected by the storm,” Bennett said. “It truly is impressive and heart warming to see good people help out one another.”
Relief funds and efforts continue to help those who suffer from the hurt that Hurricane Sandy has caused.