Help Staten Island and Victims of Hurricane Sandy

It’s been quite a while since I last updated. Between a new school year, college applications and a superstorm, it’s been hard to juggle everything – including many of the great new music releases out there. However, I would like to take this time to write about something much more serious.

I’ve lived in the Mid-Atlantic region my entire life. Myself, as well as many others, always found comfort in the fact that not many natural disasters tend to occur often here.  With Hurricane Irene last year, my town was declared a disaster zone. So when the news stations began urging people in my area to evacuate and hunker down with the then-approaching Hurricane Sandy, we knew this was going to be the storm of the century.

The area I currently live in was fortunate to ascend from the storm nearly unscathed. We lost power for about a week and had many down trees and power lines. When the lights came back on, I was scarred by the images of my hometown of Staten Island, New York on the news.

Many places I had gone to as a child were completely destroyed. Boats scattered the streets nearby the marina, even landing on top of cars. Bungalows that lined Midland Beach were swooped off of their foundations. The insides of homes lined the streets.  Over 200 people have died – they’re even using two middle schools as makeshift morgues as the body count continues to rise.

When I visited the Island to help with the relief effort, I was surprised by the extreme lack of federal aid as well as the overwhelming amounts of citizen volunteers. While you may turn on the news and find equally disturbing images of the Jersey Shore and Breezy Point, Staten Island is unfortunately living up to it’s nickname, “The Forgotten Borough”. I grabbed my camera and took photos of the devastation I saw and put it to the powerful, heart-wrenching Sixx: A.M. track, “Oh My God”. Please watch the video above and spread it around.  It’s time that we give East Coast communities the attention and aid the deserve.

To donate to the Red Cross, visit or text 90999 with the message “REDCROSS”.


About Karissa Vassallo

Karissa has been a music lover for as long as she can remember - from NSYNC to No Doubt, from Avril Lavigne to Avenged Sevenfold, she has always had a wide variety in her music tastes. After attending NYU's Future Music Moguls program, she started Read Between the Grooves to jumpstart her career in the music industry, as well as showcase her writing and her photography. She currently studies Entertainment and Arts Management at Drexel University.
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