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The Real Jersey Shore

--by tgerdy, posted Oct 5, 2012

Initially, the Jersey Shore characters and their ridiculous behavior amused me. Then it got even worse. I was disappointed by the picture the show painted of the Shore and, in particular, Italian men and women. 

But there is another side to the Jersey Shore. 
I am a building contractor in Virginia and spend some of my spare time volunteering with Habitat For Humanity up and down the East Coast.

I recently spent a weekend not far from Seaside Heights, New Jersey, volunteering on a "blitz build." The weekend was spent helping a good family build the home they were going to buy. We started framing on Saturday morning and 163 volunteers showed up to help! On Sunday we had about 135 people show up to help put the siding and roof on the home. Come Sunday evening the very emotional widowed father of two children who was buying the home stood on his new front porch and thanked the volunteers for their help. 
As I stood next to the homeowner-to-be and listened to his words I looked out. I saw grins. I saw tears. I saw heads held high. I saw people proud to help a neighbor. 
What I saw was reality and the real Jersey Shore!


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Readers Comments

jsmc10 wrote: This is most definately the real jersey shore :)
starryskies wrote: What a great message. Thanks! :)
MakeSomeoneSmile wrote: That is very cool!

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