Despite fame and fortune, many of our favorite stars were emotionally and physically tied to the areas and victims affected by superstorm, Sandy. Since the hurricane swept through the Eastern Seaboard, celebs have taken to Twitter, TV, and the streets to show their support for their families and others that were caught in its path. To see more plus info on how you can help, hit the jump.
In the midst of destruction, victims of Hurricane Sandy have received an outpouring of support from celebrities all over the country. From Hollywood, to music, and sports, many are banning together for the cause of getting those in the Tri-State area up and running as soon as possible. Take a look:
NBA Superstar and Miami Heat Shooting Guard Dwayne Wade took to Twitter last Thursday in what critics thought were to “bash” the time it took to trek to Madison Square Garden for their game against The New York Knicks. After much backlash, Wade expressed how deep his concern was for the victims, by donating his entire check from Friday night’s game (210,000K before taxes to be exact) to a charitable organization to aid victims. Yahoo! News reported how Wade really felt about the situation:
“The money I make tonight can be left for a good cause,” said Wade. “I know a lot of people here. Knowing the things they have been through, it’s just mind-boggling. Miami is a place that is affected by hurricanes all the time so I know how the community can be impacted by it. It’s tough.
“But just knowing a lot of people here and knowing what they’ve been going through with no power, no water, no food … to me, it just seems like there’s bigger things to be concerned about than a basketball game.”
“Even though I know life goes on and you still have to do certain things, I just felt that they canceled the game in Brooklyn, then this one would be canceled as well. … The game tonight shouldn’t be played. ”I didn’t think that the game of basketball was of importance today, but the show must go on I guess and we will try to come out here and represent both cities, Miami and New York,” Wade added. “[...] I just felt there was bigger things to be concerned about.”
After attending the season opener at Brooklyn Nets new home Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, Hip-Hop Mogul and Co-Owner of the Brooklyn-based franchise, Jay-Z, took a moment to reflect on the storm’s presence in his hometown:
“Reflecting on the first game in Brooklyn and thinking about the hurricane.
“Thinking about being undefeated and all the losses/wins that lie ahead. Life will always throw adversity and tragedy at us. We remain resilient!
Heartfelt prayers go out to those who lost their lives and to the families who continue the fight.”
After being stuck at home amidst his debut album release, Meek Mill called into Hot97′s Cipha Sounds and Rosenberg Show last week to talk about how he and his area were directly affected:
Rap pioneer turned rapper and now director, The RZA of Wu-Tang Clan told Rolling Stone that he too was worried about his hometown of Staten Island (which experienced 19 deaths within the borough alone), especially since finding out that his family members suffered damage to their homes during the storm:
“I have family on Staten Island,” says RZA, who is in town promoting his directorial debut, The Man With the Iron Fists. “My sister’s house is damaged. My other sister’s house is damaged. My brother’s house is damaged. At least half of my family felt the effect of the storm.”
“My barber just came in and gave me a shape-up, and he’s like, ‘Yo, forget what they see on the news, man,’” RZA adds. “The entire Bay Street – places where I walked, where the barber shop has been since the Wu-Tang started – had feet of water destroying things.”
For RZA, Sandy brought back memories of the 1994 flood that ruined hundreds of priceless unreleased beats at his basement studio in Staten Island. “I’ve been in a flood before,” he says. “I lost a lot of my music to a flood. So I can imagine how much suffering people are going through. I know it’s a terrible thing out there, so my blessings go out to Staten Island, Jersey, Queens – the whole Tri-State Area.”
While finishing up the last leg of her tour in the UK, YMCMB diva Nicki Minaj described how she “didn’t get sleep” from being worried about her family and friends in her New York City hometown. USA Today described how worried she was for not only the storm, but its aftermath:
“It’s the craziest thing because the night before my London show I was so excited about it I didn’t get sleep,” she told USA Today.
“I was texting my mom and brother and I was so worried. All of my family and friends are out there. I couldn’t believe the storm was hitting so close to home.
“I thank God they’re alive. We didn’t have a lot of fatalities and things weren’t as bad as they could have been. My heart goes out to people who lost homes, power, lives. It’s really been heavy on my heart.”
Queen of Hip-Hop Soul Mary J. Blige participated in last Friday’s telethon sponsored by NBC Universal and the Red Cross to perform in her support. Red Cross has reported that the telethon has raised 23 million. See Mary’s perfomance below:
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
The White House in conjunction with FEMA has offered a number of suggestion and ideas on how you can help with Hurricane Sandy:
- Cash is the most efficient method of donating. Cash offers voluntary agencies the most flexibility in obtaining the most-needed resources and pumps money into the local economy to help businesses recover. Remember, unsolicited donated goods such as used clothing, miscellaneous household items, and mixed or perishable foodstuffs require helping agencies to redirect valuable resources away from providing services to sort, package, transport, warehouse, and distribute items that may not meet the needs of disaster survivors.
- At the national level, many voluntary-, faith- and community-based organizations are active in disasters, and are trusted ways to donate to disaster survivors. In addition to the national members, each state has its own list of voluntary organizations active in disasters. If you’d like to donate or volunteer to assist those affected by Sandy, these organizations are the best place to start.
- Give blood. Numerous blood drives have been canceled as a result of the storm and the Red Cross has a need for blood donations. To schedule a blood donation or for more information about giving blood or platelets, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
- Affiliate with existing non-profit organizations before coming to the disaster area. Immediately following a disaster, a community can become easily overwhelmed by the amount of generous people who want to help. Contacting and affiliating with an established organization will help to ensure that you are appropriately trained to respond in the most effective way.
- Be safe. Do not self deploy until a need has been identified and the local community impacted has requested support. Wait until it is safe to travel to volunteer sites and opportunities have been identified. Once assigned a position, make sure you have been given an assignment and are wearing proper safety gear for the task.
- Be patient. Recovery lasts a lot longer than the media attention. There will be volunteer needs for many months, often years, after the disaster – especially when the community enters the long-term recovery period.
KarenCivil.com sends all of her love, and extreme support and love for those affected by Hurricane Sandy.