When the stars of MTV's "Jersey Shore" returned to the town of Seaside Heights — the site of so many summertime memories — last week, they weren't sure what they'd find when they got there.
After all, like the rest of us, they could only watch as Hurricane Sandy ravaged the town, then look on in horror as images of the destruction the storm wrought began to trickle out. Sadly, when they finally arrived, and saw the damage up close and personal, it was worse than any of them could have ever imagined.
"It's like nothing I've ever seen before. I'm looking at it and I still can't believe it's real. It's just a happy place, and then to see it gone, it's like, dead silence," Pauly D said in a video package that aired during Thursday's (November 15) "Restore the Shore," surveying the spot on Seaside's Casino Pier where the iconic Music Express ride used to sit. "When we come here, all you hear is kids laughing, kids having a good time, going on rides, families having a good time, and look at it now; it looks like a horror movie."
And those sentiments were echoed by his fellow castmembers, who truly couldn't believe the scenes playing out before their eyes. "The closer you get, it's like Ground Zero," Ronnie said. "You see telephone poles on the ground, houses half gone, the piers are gone, boats are in the houses, it's just not something you're used to seeing." That's why they're determined to help rebuild the town, not to mention the memories they had there.
Members of the "Jersey Shore" broadcast live from MTV's Times Square studio on Thursday for "Restore the Shore," a benefit to help Seaside and its residents. Even though the telethon is over, you can still show your support by texting SHORE to 85944 to make a $10 donation.
You can still help "Restore the Shore" by texting SHORE to 85944 to make a $10 donation.