With many on the east coast still reeling from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy last week, the path toward rebuilding has already begun.
One greatly affected area is New Jersey's Seaside Heights, its homes and businesses torn apart by the storm's high winds and heavy rain. The boardwalk and nightlife of the area played a supporting role in the popular MTV reality series "Jersey Shore," and the cast is poised to reunite for a one-hour telethon to ask for fans' help in rebuilding the area.
"Restore the Shore" will air live November 15th from MTV's studio in Times Square. The telethon benefit will raise funds for non-profit partner Architecture for Humanity, a firm which provides design and construction services in the wake of natural disasters. The organization has already set up a "Restore the Shore" fund for donations toward rebuilding the New Jersey Seaside Heights boardwalk as well as local businesses and residential areas stricken by the flooding and high winds. “Who ever thought they’d see a roller coaster in Seaside Heights in the ocean?” noted New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
Snooki, J-Woww, and the rest of the "Jersey Shore" gang will encourage viewers to donate to the Architecture for Humanity fund in order to help rebuild an area that they call home. The NBC-Universal telethon on Friday was a great success, raising $23 million for the Red Cross' disaster relief efforts in the area, and one would think that even a fraction of that amount would go a long way toward reconstructing the area.
The Associated Press reports that Seaside Heights residents were evacuated as of Saturday. Pictures of the area put the devastation in perspective, so hopefully this telethon and other non-profits will give the area the boost it needs to rebound from this horrible storm.