After Hurricane Sandy ravaged New Jersey and New York, regular people came out in droves to help those who'd lost everything. I expected celebrities to do the same -- especially given that a lot of them live in these areas. So I was disappointed when I hardly saw anything about celebs stepping up. Hometown heroes Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, and Christina Aguilera sang for the Sandy relief telethon, but if there was a celeb dishing grub or handing out bags of designer clothing in the blackened West Village (where a lot of them live), I missed it. Gov. Christie even took to begging The Jonas Brothers and Justin Bieber to help out. I also monitored some celebrities Twitter accounts for updates about what they might be doing. Most of them merely posted a link to the Red Cross. The exception here -- the BIG exception -- was the ladies from The Real Housewives of New Jersey.
Housewives Jacqueline Laurita and Caroline Manzo got on the ground in a very real way, with them and their families traveling to devastated areas to hand out food and supplies. Nor are they keeping their good deeds to home turf. Tweeted Jacqueline:
Headed to Staten Island with Blk Van FULLY LOADED!! Honk if you see us! XOXO!— Jacqueline Laurita (@JacLaurita) November 4, 2012
She and fellow cast member Caroline Manzo have also been burning up Twitter retweeting information about shelters, homeless pets, and even open gas stations. Caroline's son, Albie, has also been on the ground helping people. She tweeted:
Tell us what u need @theorossi - coming back tomorrow— Caroline Manzo(@CarolineManzo) November 4, 2012
Even a former Jersey housewife, whose name I won't mention lest she be deluged with requests, has offered assistance to a friend of mine who lost her home in Staten Island and needs foster care for her dogs.
I won't say the women of Jersey Housewives have always acted impeccably on their show. But when the chips are down, these ladies are class acts.
What do you think of the Jersey Shore ladies helping with Sandy relief?
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