As I continue to read and fully digest the details of the catastrophic aftermath from the natural disaster named “Sandy” that centered just a few miles away, I feel lucky tonight. I’m lucky to have a roof over my head to share with my wife and child. Lucky to have a bed to sleep in. And most importantly, lucky to have life. There are those that have not been so fortunate. Instead, they suffer, agonize and try figure out what awaits their future.For a countless number of Americans, myself included, the Shore represents the most magical place on earth. It’s the sights of the coastline, the sounds of the ocean, the smells of the boardwalk, the feel of the sand and on and on. It’s a community and a culture. It’s most of all, a way of life. Our beloved Jersey Shore took a knock-down punch unlike anything we’ve ever felt before. Sandy may have knocked us to the mat, but I assure you, we will get up off the canvas, and we’re going to answer the bell for the next round … and the next … and the next. It’s just the ‘Jersey’ within us all!My old pal, Terry Lyons – a New Yorker, now living in Boston – and I are determined to help out our brothers and sisters with the launch of www.JerseyShoreRelief.com
Bruce Springsteen once said, “Remember, in the end nobody wins unless everybody wins.” This effort is not about me, or Terry, or any one person. It’s about the power of binding together as one in an effort that is far bigger than anyone of us. This is the one and only posting with my story and the reason I decided to fight back against the disaster. The rest is going to be all about “us.”
Our site is JerseyShoreRelief.com and our mantra is “Restore the Jersey Shore.” Please join us, donate a few bucks, hit it up on Twitter @RestoreShore and Facebook and everything else you can do and make a difference.
Sammy Steinlight & Terry Lyons