The cast of The Young and the Restless really do care about the victims of this weeks hurricane Sandy. Many of the stars of the show had taken to tweeting prior to the arrival of the hurricane, wishing everyone to stay safe. Here we have a great group of people, thousands of miles away, taking the time out of their own hectic lives to care about the people on the opposite side of the coast. It’s been amazing to see their tweets from before the hurricane and continuing here after, expressing their sorrow and concerns for all of the victims suffering in the aftermath of Sandy.
Hurricane Sandy is the second costliest hurricane in US history, with Hurricane Katrina being the first. It is expected that Hurricane Sandy, nicknamed Frankenstorm, will cost upwards of $50 billion dollars to an already devastated United States of America. People have lost their homes, jobs, livelihoods and more than 90 people have lost their lives.
New York City is slowly bouncing back to life. The city has had more than its fair share of crisis situations over the past eleven years, looking back at 9/11. The City of Lights is more like the City of Frights. The transit system is beginning to run again however there are still some places not looking so great. But one thing is for sure, New York City doesn’t go down without a fight. They get knocked down and they get back up. The ban together and become stronger.
New Jersey however, isn’t as lucky. Still over 1.7 million people in the state remain without power. They are still being asked to conserve their water. The beautiful beach we’ve come to love (and hate) from the hit reality show, Jersey Shore, has been devastated by this disaster. The houses, businesses and the boardwalks have been destroyed. Life will never be the same for these victims.
This weekend, hotels are overbooked due to people having been evacuated from their ruined homes. The New York City marathon is this weekend and marathoners are starting to roll into town. Hotel employees are left with the stress of having to choose between kicking out victims of the hurricane or honouring the reservations of the marathoner made months ago. Given the recent devastation New York City has just experienced, someone (ahem!! Mayor Bloomberg) should have been a little more on the ball and been a bit more proactive about this situation. Why couldn’t the marathon have been rescheduled? I’m sorry, was that a stupid question? I don’t think it was. If someone would have asked that question, perhaps a lightbulb would have flickered at least on and off once in someone’s mind that, “hmm, we have a lot of homeless people that need our attention right now.” What is America doing to itself? They are the first to offer aid in any other country, but when it comes to their own people, it’s like, “well, we need to make some money.” Lets help our own people first for a change. (Yes, most if not all of the marathoners are Americans, but they don’t exactly need the help right now).
Mayor Bloomberg deciding to declare that the marathon will still go on obviously didn’t give much thought to the people of NYC whom have chosen him to lead them. Really Mayor? Your people are without heat, hydro, HOUSING and you want to host the marathon. Bump it up a couple of weeks. Sure a lot of money and time (even more money) has gone into the preparation for the marathon, but the residents need housing and resources. How about we focus on them first? Then maybe in a few weeks when the people have somewhere warm to stay as they rebuild their lives, we bring the marathon in. Oh and why, dare I ask, were out of state workers who came to NYC to help fix the hydro turned away just because of the Union issues? This is America! Lets help each other. Accept the help!!
It seems that our west coast friends from The Young and the Restless care more than the Mayor of NYC. Michael Damian, aka Danny Romalotti, came up with a brilliant idea. How about instead of running the marathon, the runners help out the victims of the hurricane by bringing in supplies and delivering to the victims. Now why isn’t someone as talented and smart running the city instead?
Michelle Stafford, aka Phyllis Summers Newman, tweeted that she is thinking of those on the East Coast and reminding people to stay safe and warm. Eric Braeden, aka the Great Victor Newman, tweeted on Halloween, “Thoughts go out to all of you who have suffered so inordinately these past days! Hopefully, your chidren & grandchildren will enjoy tonight! Peace”. You know, for him to think of the children on Halloween in a city far away from Los Angeles, now that is awesome. Perhaps Eric Braeden should switch careers and come be all “Victor Newman” on New York City.
If you wish to donate to the victims of Hurricane Sandy, please visit http://www.mercuryone.org/donate. Also, google more ways that you can help out. Any form of donation, whether it be a few dollars or a set of hands, should be accepted.