As the tri-state area continues to recover from Hurricane Sandy’s devastation, the cast of the “Jersey Shore” is teaming up with the nonprofit organization Architecture for Humanity for “Restore the Shore,” a special benefit set to air live on Thursday, November 15.
The special will ask viewers to contribute to the rebuilding and restoration of Seaside Heights, the show’s famed home base. The special will gather the “Jersey Shore” cast, as well as other celebrity guests, in MTV’s Times Square studio to collect donations for the newly created “Restore the Shore” fund. The fund aims to collect donations that will be used to restore the famed Seaside Heights boardwalk. Additionally, other donations will be used to help support businesses and residents in the area in the wake of the storm.
Architecture for Humanity, which provides design and construction services after natural disasters like last week’s Hurricane Sandy, will then work with the Borough of Seaside Heights. They will award grants to local contractors who will then begin to put the pieces back together after Sandy. Much like they did with communities in Biloxi, Mississippi, and New Orleans after Hurricanes Rita and Katrina, they will help rebuild Seaside, which was ravaged by the hurricane.
In addition to “Restore the Shore,” the Red Cross has been working to provide services to those affected by the Sandy . “We’re spreading a PSA right now to text ’REDCROSS’ to 90999,” “Shore” star Vinny Guadagnino told MTV News last week, just days after Sandy hit. “You can donate like $10, and I think if a lot of people do that it will make impacts.”
Funds from this relief effort will focus on meeting people’s immediate emergency needs such as shelter, food and health services. The Red Cross also helps feed emergency workers, handles inquiries from concerned family members outside the disaster area, and provides blood and blood products to victims.
“New Jersey, and especially Seaside, is just destroyed,” he further explained. “I’ve never had anything like this happen to me. I know every business owner on the boardwalk personally, you know, and, like, they’re good people, they all are hard-working people.”