They say you can never go home again. And in the case of "Jersey Shore" star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, that's literally true in the wake of superstorm Sandy. The new mom and Seaside Heights legend took to the air recently to view the destruction wrought by the killer storm from a helicopter and she was shocked at what she saw.
"Oh my god!" Snooki gasped as she flew over the boardwalk that she came to know so well on the hit MTV show, shocked at the site of the nearly wiped out Funtown Pier and its roller coaster, which now sits in the ocean. "This really sucks. The whole pier is just gone. It's really sad. The roller coaster that I always go on is in the water."
Wiping tears from her eyes, she added, "there's like no boardwalk. We had so many memories here and everything's just destroyed."
Snooki will join her fellow "Shore" cast members and an all-star cast of musicians to lend a hand to those who were impacted by Sandy during MTV's "Restore the Shore" benefit on Thursday night.
"Restore the Shore" will air live on MTV tomorrow at 11 p.m. ET, and will feature appearances by the cast of "Jersey Shore" from MTV's Times Square studio — as well as cameos by other celebs — all of whom will be asking viewers to contribute to the rebuilding and restoration of Seaside Heights.
But you don't have to wait until then to help out: Text SHORE to 85944 to make a $10 donation now. Funds from will focus on meeting residents of Seaside's immediate emergency needs, such as shelter, food and health services. The Red Cross is also helping feed emergency workers, handling inquiries from concerned family members outside the disaster area, and providing blood and blood products to victims.
Stars contributing messages of support who will be featured on-air include One Direction, Alicia Keys, Mac Miller, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Britney Spears, Pharrell, P!nk, Demi Lovato, Kim Kardashian, Ne-Yo, Kelly Clarkson, Bruno Mars, No Doubt, fun., Carly Rae Jepsen, Swizz Beats, the Jonas Brothers, Ludacris, All Time Low, Sean Kingston, Christina Aguilera, CeeLo Green, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Carson Daly of "The Voice," Ashley Greene, Dakota Fanning, Nikki Reed, Peter Facinelli and Elizabeth Reaser of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2," Jay Leno, the cast of "The View," Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid, Wendy Williams and many more.
"Restore the Shore" will feature live performances from Gym Class Heroes (with special guest Oh Land) collaborating on the comeback anthem "The Fighter," as well as "American Idol" Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips playing his stirring hit single "Home."
From 4 pm until midnight (ET) on Thursday, the cast of "Jersey Shore" — as well as stars from other top MTV shows including "Awkward," "Teen Wolf," "Teen Mom," "The Challenge," and "The Real World" — will be live in MTV's Times Square studio, calling donors to thank them for giving. Unlike a conventional telethon where viewers call in and hope to speak with a celebrity, MTV's "Restore the Shore" will feature stars personally calling individuals who donate via Indiegogo at "Restore the Shore" or make a $10 donation by texting SHORE to 85944. All funds raised will go to Architecture for Humanity, an internationally recognized non-profit that led rebuilding efforts in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. They are now setting out to help rebuild the famed boardwalk, local businesses and homes in Seaside Heights ravaged by the storm.
Don't miss "Restore the Shore," airing live Thursday, November 15 at 11 p.m. ET on MTV. Text SHORE to 85944 to make a $10 donation now.