Ty Pennington Sees Sandy's Aftermath Firsthand
By ANTOINETTE BUENO
November 05, 2012
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition host Ty Pennington went to Seaside Heights, New Jersey to witness the devastation of Hurricane Sandy firsthand, where he talked to those directly affected by the hurricane and brought some much needed supplies including blankets and water with Sears and Kmart, and passed out Duracell batteries with Duracell's Rapid Responder truck which also allowed people to power up their devices and offered Internet access.
"My dad lost his house -- he's 83. Everything -- mattresses were strewn, furniture was all over -- it's bad," Diane Ward, a nurse, tells Ty. "So we're going to save what little we can, and start life again tomorrow."
She also talks about the destruction of the famous New Jersey Boardwalk, made famous most recently by The Jersey Shore.
"The Boardwalk is just gone. Years and years and years of, you know, it's our memories."
But Ward, as well as other hurricane survivors, still show remarkable resilience and a positive attitude through it all.
"Jersey Shore people are tough though. We'll recover ... Everybody's pulling together. That's how it is at the Jersey Shore."
"Well I think the minute we all heard about it on the news, we saw some images, I think all of us wanted to do anything we could and so it's just great," Ty says about partnering with Sears, Kmart and Duracell to bring relief to Hurricane Sandy victims. "We wanted to just come out and do whatever we could and give people what they really need."
Check out the video to see Ty take us through the destruction firsthand, as well as to hear what supplies are most valuable for the relief effort.
To make donations for victims of Hurricane Sandy and to find out how you can help, please visit redcross.org.