I was one of 40 bloggers who went on a Social Good trip to the Jersey Shore. Our goals – bring back tourism and help displaced families in Belmar, New Jersey. Through our social media efforts, we reached over 5 million people!
My Social Good trip report is not going to be in order. I’m not in order. That’s the way my brain works. It doesn’t mean that one day was better than another, but I have to admit that seeing Belmar still coming back from the devastation of Sandy hit a nerve.
It was a rainy, gloomy day as we drove to D’Jais, which was hit hard by Sandy. We would not be deterred as we remembered those who suffered the effects of Sandy. But, this was time to celebrate. D’Jais has been around since 1959 and came roaring back after a lot of construction work just about a month ago. It was a sign to those at the Jersey Shore that it will get better.
At D’Jais, we were served delicious food. And, the hospitality! It was there in abundance, even though the employees may have had a lot on their minds. We gathered there to present a $5,000 donation to Mayor Matt Doherty for the Belmar Relief and Recovery Foundation. Thank you D6 Sports for that overwhelming contribution.
Then bloggers took the ocean with D6 Sports employees for lessons on using Hang Ten surfboards. And, yes they got the hang of it. The children tried out the D6 SurfSkimmer, a skimboard. Hang Ten boards will be available July 31st. The SurfSkimmer is for sale now.
Spending time with bloggers, some that I’ve only known online, with business owners and employees, some still recovering from Sandy had an impact of me. I believe in the power of Social Good on social media. This proved it is possible. Get involved with us. Share our posts and our tweets, Instagram photos, etc. with the hashtags #JerseyLove and #DoAC. And visit the Jersey Shore. It’s open for business.