For the cast of the hit reality series Jersey Shore, it was an especially emotional evening, as many of them had seen the devastation left in the wake of Superstorm Sandy first-hand. Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola and her boyfriend/castmate Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Jr. were among the many personally affected by the storm.
“About 10 blocks away from my house, there were houses gone, in the ocean,” Giancola told Celebuzz. “There’s just foundations; there are no more houses left. There were bodies that were being found in the water. It’s just devastating.”
“My friends and family have lost a lot, so for me, it’s just devastating,” she added.
Seaside Heights, the resort town that Giancola and her Jersey Shore roommates called home for four of the show’s six seasons, was one of the hardest hit areas along the New Jersey coastline. The iconic boardwalk is now in ruins.
“We lived there for four summers, every day… We’re really going to miss that place,” added Ortiz-Magro, Jr. “We want to see it go back to the way it used to be.”
Fans interested in helping Sandy relief efforts can text “SHORE” to 85944 to make a $10 donation, or go to RestoreTheShore.MTV.com.
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