Just a few weeks ago, the boardwalk of Seaside Heights, New Jersey, stood strong. But on October 29, everything changed for the ocean-front town. Hurricane Sandy paved a path of destruction through the Tri-State Area and Seaside, leaving homes destroyed, families displaced and a famous boardwalk in ruins.
Yet what has been destroyed will be rebuilt, and MTV is helping to get Seaside back on its feet with "Restore the Shore," a live benefit event Thursday, November 15, at 11 p.m. ET with nonprofit organization Architecture for Humanity that will raise funds and awareness for those affected.
Helping in the event are the stars of "Jersey Shore," who are asking people to do what they can to bring this town back to life, and to remind them that Seaside Heights, New Jersey, is so much more than a beach getaway or a place to party.
"It's not about a show, it's not about an amusement park, it's not about a roller coaster, it's not about a bar and drinking and having a good time and a party," Vinny Guadagnino said. "This town is about families, it's about little kids, teenagers, people, business owners, jobs, that all lost everything. Please help them."
But those people, whether they call the Jersey Shore home in the summer or all year long, can't do it alone. It will take months, if not years, to repair the damage that has been caused, but with determination and an outpouring of support, people will be heading "down the Shore" once again.
"If you've seen the Jersey Shore, you've seen Seaside Heights in action," Pauly D said. "But that was up until a few weeks ago. The people that live and work here need your help and cannot do this alone. Please do what you can to help restore the heart of the Jersey Shore."
You don't have to wait until Thursday to help out: Text SHORE to 85944 to make a $10 donation now.
Don't miss "Restore the Shore," a live Hurricane Sandy benefit airing Thursday, November 15, at 11 p.m. ET on MTV. Text SHORE to 85944 to make a $10 donation now.