Ashley Cameron | Staff Writer
NBC aired an hour-long telethon, “Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together,” as a way of generating funds for the American Red Cross to aid the East Coast.
The telethon was filmed live at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Musicians such as Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Christina Aguilera and Mary J. Blige — among many others — participated in the event. Many of the artists came from places affected by the storm.
In between songs, the segment took calls for donations and showed pictures of the destruction and damage caused by Sandy.
Many of the songs performed were slightly changed to align with the occasion. Billy Joel changed verses in “Miami 2017” to say “out in the Rockaways, the ocean overflowed” and “Staten Island drowned.”
The storm has killed approximately 100 people and has destroyed many areas along the East Coast. To bring the ruins to light, one part of the segment featured Jon Bon Jovi visiting New Jersey, showing the devastation. Shortly after, Bon Jovi performed “Living on a Prayer.”
Money efforts given to the Red Cross provide shelter, food, emotional support and anything else needed for those caught in Sandy’s wake.
Many people affected by the storm were unable to view the segment due to lack of power. The five-day power shortage came to an end on Saturday for lower Manhattan citizens. Roughly 60 percent of New Yorkers now have power, while approximately 900,000 remain in darkness.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the 30,000 to 40,000 people still without power might be relocated. However, as power is slowly returning in certain areas, he predicts the number of people needing relocation will decrease.
NBC and the Red Cross announced they raised approximately $23 million: a record-breaking number for individual donations.
Red Cross is still accepting donations at www.redcross.org, 1-800-HELPNOW or text REDCROSS to 90999.