Frustration, anger, devastation and loss still grips many in the Northeastern part of the United States, as victims of Hurricane Sandy try to pick up the pieces of their lives, after returning home to find their world shattered from the storm.
Dubbed a "Superstorm," Sandy barreled her way through the Northeast Coast late in October, causing an estimated $50 billion in damage, and claimed at least 120 lives during its rampage from the warm waters of the Caribbean, to the snow topped mountains of West Virginia.
Sandy threw one hell of a punch at the East Coast, however the people of The Garden State refuse to stay down. There is no doubt the road back will be a long, hard and costly for many in the hardest hit communities, however, with help from neighbors, government and charitable organizations, there is no doubt that the Jersey Shore will bounce back better than ever.
One such organization trying to help the victims of the storm is the recently formed "Restore The Shore."
Here is a portion of the organization's about page on Facebook:
This cause is for one reason, to Restore The Shore. Get NJ beaches, towns, businesses, and families back on their feet with both local and national support.
Generate donations through direct PayPal deposits to our 501c3 partner WANDAA, through the sales of merchandise, and benefit / charity events.
"Restore The Shore" is a non-profit organization created October 29, 2012 (the day after Sandy smashed into the East Coast,) by life long New Jersey resident Michael DiGiacomo. DiGiacomo founded the organization with help from three associates; Ryan Kurek, Bridget Murphy and Jim Arnott, and according to their bios
the four look to be a pretty impressive team.
In an email conversation with Digital Journal, Mr DiGiacomo told us a little about himself and the Jersey based non-profit's recent progress along with its future goals.
"We are working around to clock to establish our legitimacy as a non profit,"
said DiGiacomo. "Working with key/influential people that have resources in the corporate world, communities, and state."
The organization's founder also said they "are going to be working with WANDAA (World Association of Natural Disaster Assistance and Awareness) and a large national sponsor/company."
"Our goal and focus is to go grassroots style getting the proceeds in to the hands of the families/businesses/towns that need it the most,"
Adding, "We feel that can be much more effective because we'll get as close to 100% of the proceeds as possible to work for these people that lost everything."
Mr. DiGiacomo ended our conversation on a personal note and summed up in a single sentence why he decided to get involved:
"I care to much about the state and the people here to not get out there, use my personal skills, business skills, and networks to really make a difference today and 15 years from now."
So far the charity has reached nearly 20,000 likes on Facebook and have just finalized designs on a line of T-shirts and Hoodies which can now be purchased via PayPal.
For more on "Restore The Shore" visit their website
and/or Facebook page.