Richie Sambora joined Access Hollywood and reporter Michelle Beadle to tour the devastation from Hurricane Sandy at Casino Pier in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. Richie was there to help bring national attention to a recovery that is only just beginning. To do his part, he is donating 100% of the profits from the sale of his special edition single ”I’ll Always Walk Beside You” to the ongoing recovery efforts of The Red Cross.
Richie has many childhood memories of time spent on the pier, and was struck by the scale of destruction. With the pier ripped apart by waves and wind, the recovery efforts to rebuild the park are projected to take many months, and millions of dollars. Offering his support to those aiding in the recovery efforts, Richie sought to bring attention to the long healing process at hand, emphasizing that the damage done by Sandy would take much longer than just a few weeks. ”This is not going to be a race, this is going to be a marathon,” he said.