Hurricane Sandy was a devastating hurricane to hit the East coast. My home in Reading, PA was fortunately okay. Beside losing power for a day and the leaves and branches that fell, my house and the houses around me were mostly damage free. The houses about ten minutes from my house however, lost power for at least a week. Their houses were still in tact, but they were left without power for quite some time. This is fortunate for the people that live there, but one of my favorite childhood places did not weather the storm well, Ocean City New Jersey.
When I see pictures of the shore, it breaks my heart.There were many bridges and roads that were washed out because of the storm. This left people stuck in their homes to wait out the storm or wait to be rescued. The waves also washed out the bus terminals creating even more problems for the residents to evacuate safely. Many residents were without power for two weeks. This meant no heat, relying on candles for light, and no means of communication if they relied on cell phones. For those that did evacuate, they were not allowed back into their house for weeks. There are still many businesses in New Jersey that do no have power and therefore can't open and may be suffering because of it.
There have been many efforts made by celebrities to "Restore the Shore." The cast of The Jersey Shore put together a campaign to help the residents living along the beaches in New Jersey. Many celebrities including Adam Levine, Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian, Britney Spears, Cee Lo, and Carly Rae Jepsen and many more have pitched in to try and help the residents at the shore. Although we don't have the star power to raise money, we have the power of social media. If anyone wants to donate to Comm 30's relief fund, click here. Any little bit counts and will be much appreciated.
#COMM30Sandy is an online class project for the Media & Society class at Lehigh University, taught by professor Jeremy Littau. You can donate to our campaign at this link, and for more information you can email Prof. Littau at firstname.lastname@example.org.