"It definitely affected the show, but what’s funny is it affected it in a good way," Drita D’Avanzosaid. "Whatever beef or nonsense was going on, it just disappeared. Everybody was like, texting each other, seeing if we were all okay, we were all helping and donating and cleaning and doing everything, it was nice to see that. Everybody put all their problems aside."
Obviously, production of the show had to be shut down for a while. But, the cameras are rolling again, and the next season of Mob Wives will show how the women cope in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. One way that Drita copes is by giving back to her community. Drita shares, "These people are just shocked, a lot of them are really stunned, a lot of them don’t know what they’re looking for, they’re just too shocked that they lost everything. My daughter knows a girl whose best friend died, this little girl. How do you deal with that?"
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Drita has been busy gathering donations of linens, clothing, toiletries, food, and more for the victims, as well as donating her time. She also made a point to explain the severity of the storm's aftermath to her daughters. Drita shares, "I sat them down and said 'You know how when we watch TV and you see bad things that have happened around the world? This has happened now in our neighborhood. People lost their lives, their homes.' And my kids were crying … They went into their own closets and I told them to give me what they didn’t want, toys, warm things since it’s freezing out, and when they came down, I was so proud of them, they gave so much."
Last night, Drita hosted a fundraiser in Manhattan to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Drita plans to personally handle the donations. She explains, "Places like the Red Cross only give a percent of what they raise to victims. I didn’t want to raise money and give it to a charity that wasn’t going to give it all to victims. I’m going to get a list of families and literally drop off gift cards to all of them, hopefully thousands of dollars to each of them if I raise enough money. If you’re a charity and you raise two million dollars, why the f— doesn’t every family get $10,000? That makes no sense, why are they not doing that? I want people to be able to buy what they lost. It’s awful what people lost."