Let’s face it: celebrities usually don’t get any credit when they do positive things. When they do try to do something nice and it becomes public, they’re often accused of just trying to get some attention. But in the wake of Hurricane Sandy destroying parts of New York and New Jersey, everyone – famous and not so famous – has come together to help those who may have lost everything.
On Thursday, Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade tweeted that the drive into New York City from the airport for the game against the Knicks was about three hours (normally, it might be 30 minutes), saying that if it took that long for them to reach their destination, he knows how hard it must be for people really affected. He was still clearly upset on Friday about the decision not to cancel the game and explained his tweet further by saying, “…We shouldn’t be here to play a basketball game. If anything, we should be doing something to help the city.” Since the show had to go on, Dwyane decided the least he could do was donate his salary from Friday night’s game. The total came out to roughly $209, 536.86. Kudos to him!
Also, in the spirit of giving back, New York radio station Hot 97’s foundation, Hip Hop Has Heart, found various ways to volunteer. As the trains and buses slowly started getting back on track, their team was outside giving out coffee to the thousands of passengers waiting to board buses to take them to work. They also reached out to celebrity friends and they did not disappoint. Music director Karlie Hustle tweeted shout outs to Swizz Beatz, Jay-Z and Lil Wayne, thanking them for their generosity in donating clothing from their respective clothing lines. The foundation has been going to different volunteer locations to hand out clothes and toiletries.
Finally,Jersey Shore star Snooki tweeted a picture of herself packing bags of clothes to be given out. She said she’s sending clothes for everyone to keep warm which will include slippers, robes, sweats, blankets and anything else she could find to donate. It should come as no surprise that she would help in the efforts as the actual Jersey Shore, the place that made her famous, was one of the hardest hit places during the storm.
We all have to stand strong and together during times of crises. You may not can afford to send a day’s worth of salary to help out and maybe you aren’t even able to donate clothes but if you have time – even an hour – and a smile, it can make a bigger difference than you may ever know.