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Jon Bon Jovi Urges Americans To Help His Hometown

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(Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Clear Channel)

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Jon Bon Jovi appeared on TV this morning to talk about the effects of Sandy on his hometown in New Jersey.

Bon Jovi had been in London during the storm, but came back to tour the parts of his home state that were hit hardest by the superstorm.

The singer, who grew up in Sayreville, NJ, told Today that it was hard to see the devastation that Sandy caused in her wake.

“People’s homes are gone and they’re saying to me, ‘We’re now homeless. We never intended to be homeless,” he said. “These are hardworking blue collar people.”

Bon Jovi looked distraught as he explained that his grammar school had been turned into a shelter for those people struggling after Sandy, many of whom he grew up with.

“The entire Jersey shore I knew is gone,” he said.

Seaside Heights, which suffered extensive damage in result of Sandy, was the backdrop for Bon Jovi’s video for “In and Out of Love” from his band’s 1985 album, 7800° Fahrenheit.  

The rocker believed though that those affected would get the help they need.

“As Americans we come together and support one another,” he said. “We’ve done this before.”

Adding, “You have to be here, these are our people.”

Bon Jovi, along with Bruce Springsteen, Christina Aguilera, Sting and Billy Joel, will perform at tonight’s telethon “Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together” airing at 8 pm ET on networks owned by NBC Universal (including NBC, MSNBC, CNBC and Bravo, among others).  

To donate, visit RedCross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

- Shannon Carlin, CBS Local

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