Hurricane Sandy Relief Coming from Every Direction

Hailie Sandor, Photographer and Staff Writer

With Hurricane Sandy hitting the northeastern coast, New York City and the Jersey Shore have taken the hardest hit. Due to the necessity of rebuilding along with the need for daily essentials, many non-profits and big name groups have stepped up to aid in the Hurricane relief.

The New York Giants are donating $500,000 to help Hurricane Sandy victims. The team’s donation will be divided between the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. “The New York metropolitan area sustained extensive and devastating damage to its infrastructure in Hurricane Sandy,” Giants owners John Mara and Steve Tisch said in a joint statement taken by the Times.

“The Giants want to do everything we can to assist our neighbors, fans and friends. Toward that end, after careful consideration, we have decided to make donations to these two very worthy funds. We are in this for the long haul and will continue to assist relief efforts in our hard-hit region.”

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie established the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund to rebuild the hard-hit Jersey Shore. The Mayor’s Fund offers immediate aid like food, water and hygiene supplies. The Giants held a food drive to assist victims of the storm during Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and fans donated 38,405 pounds of food and $18,723.

Companies like New York Life have also assisted in the relief efforts. New York Life will donate $1,000,000 to aid Hurricane Sandy victims. They allocated $500,000 to the American Red Cross, $250,000 to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and $250,000 for local recovery efforts in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. New York Life was one of few groups that are also assisting in Connecticut.

In addition, New York Life will be matching contributions by its employees, agents and retirees to the American Red Cross or Feeding America, as well as a network of food pantry organizations, with no limitations.

Celebrities are also joining in on gathering aid as the cast of MTV’s Jersey Shore has announced they are joining forces with the nonprofit group Architecture for Humanity for a live benefit that will air on the cable channel on Nov. 15. Per MTV, the one-hour Restore the Shore special will feature Snooki, JWoww, The Situation and and the rest of the cast, who will gather in MTV’s Times Square studios with various celebrity guests. They’ll collect donations to aid the newly-created “Restore the Shore” fund.

All of the money raised will go toward Architecture for Humanity’s efforts to rebuild the famed Seaside Heights boardwalk featured on the hit reality series. The organization, which provides design and construction services after natural disasters, will work with the Borough of Seaside Heights to award grants to local contractors, as well as give donations to various businesses and residents left devastated in Sandy’s wake.

NBC, meanwhile, announced it raised more than $23 million for the Red Cross’ storm-relief efforts, thanks to Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together, a telethon it aired last Friday featuring the likes of Christina Aguilera, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Aerosmith, and Jon Stewart. The celebrities themselves dug deep into their pockets to make personal donations.

X Factor mastermind Simon Cowell showed his nice guy side by announcing a $25,000 donation to the New York Daily News‘ Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. All in all many groups of different diversities are coming together to aid in disaster relief funds.