D’Avanzo, a Staten Island native, saw the destruction first-hand after the storm terrorized the East Coast three weeks ago. And she’s seen her hometown largely remain in the shadows of national news coverage, leading residents to dub it the city’s “forgotten borough.”
“I agree. There have been some areas that have been so neglected,” D’Avanzo told Celebuzz. “Nobody is there. Nobody is helping these people. There are people with no homes or only half a home. They have no electric, no gas, there’s nothing. And they’re starving, and they’re freezing, and they’re neglected! It’s crazy. It’s really sad to see.”
The reality star’s hometown was one of the hardest-hit areas, but miraculously, D’Avanzo’s home was spared from any damage.
“I’m lucky. My home is OK. My home is a block away from the ocean, so I really thought my home was going to be completely gone. I took my children, I went to my mother’s, and the whole time I’m there, I thought my house was gone, floating away somewhere. I had so much anxiety. I was so nervous… It was awful.”
Now, she’s doing what she can to help her neighbors and get Staten Island back on its feet. D’Avanzo organized a Sandy fundraiser in New York City this past week — but some skeptics questioned the reality star’s generosity after they realized that VH1 cameras were in tow.
D’Avanzo, meanwhile, openly confirmed to Celebuzz that the cameras were there to capture Sandy’s devastation.
“There was controversy,” said the star, who’s filming Mob Wives’ third season. “[But] how can we not film it? I’m not going to make believe the most devastating thing that has happened, that affected my friends and family, didn’t happen. This is reality, and honestly, Mob Wives is as real as can be… This was very devastating to all of us. It hit home to us on a personal level.”
‘Mob Wives’ Season 3 premieres January 2013 on VH1.
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