Stars continue to give back after Sandy

November 12, 2012NewsComments
Stars continue to give back after Sandy

Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast nearly two weeks ago but many are still feeling the effects. CNN reports approximately 113 people have lost their lives due to the storm and more than 160,000 people in 10 states were without power as of November 11.

Many government officials including New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo have been happy with the relief efforts, though both officials know the progress will be ongoing until the indefinite future. Despite the fact that Sandy hit two weeks ago, many stars are still pledging to help.

New York Daily News reports Rihanna is the latest celebrity to give back, by way of donating 1,000 sleeping bags to victims all over the city, many of whom are still unable to return home. She took her generosity one step further turning her recent album release party into a benefit drive for Sandy Victims.

"Now is the time for us to come together and do whatever we can to aid those in need," the pop star wrote in an email to the newspaper.

Ri's party, held November 9 at Jay-Z's 40/40 club in Manhattan, was originally free for guests, however she added an admittance fee with all proceeds going directly to help those who have been affected by Sandy.

Other celebrities who have given back in the wake of Superstorm Sandy include Lady Gaga, Ben Stiller, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Russell Crowe, according to People Magazine. Gaga, a New York native, pledged an astounding $1 million to the Red Cross.

"If it wasn't for NYC: the Lower East Side, Harlem, the Bronx and Brooklyn, I would not be the woman or artist that I am today," Gaga wrote on her website. "New York is relentless ambition, a drive to succeed, a place where there is a natural pursuit of diversity through compassion."

Stiller was seen serving up breakfast to displaced New Yorkers, while Snooki donated bags of slippers and other clothing to help those who lost everything.

Have you or anyone you know been affected by Sandy? Do you think celebrities are doing enough to help?

November 12, 2012NewsComments