On Friday night, Rihanna was spotted making her way over to the New York Daily News “Hurricane Sandy Relief” effort at Jay-Z’s 40/40 nightclub in Manhattan. With hundreds of people and Rih fans lined up waiting to get inside the venue.
“Rihanna! Rihanna!” the fans began chanting when the sultry siren suddenly arrived at Jay-Z’s 40/40 club in Chelsea.
“I’m so excited,” Rihanna told a reporter from The News as she embraced fans and shook hands. “I didn’t know all these people were coming, but it’s all for a good cause.”
Stunned Rihanna fan Darylin Rae Payton said, “She gave me a hug.”
“My friends lost houses,” said Payton, 20, of Jamaica, Queens. “I like that she took time to do this. It wasn’t even just her. She got everyone in here to give back.”
Rihanna, who has already pledged 1,000 new sleeping bags to The News’ ongoing storm relief drive, added:
“Now is the time for us to come together and do whatever we can to aid those in need.”
The items collected at the Rihanna bash were loaded on a Daily News truck and will be delivered to hard-hit parts of the city on Saturday.
The News began running relief trucks on Sunday. First stop was the storm-ravaged Rockaways. Since then, The News has delivered supplies to Coney Island, Staten Island and Sea Gate.
The News got the relief drive rolling Saturday with a $100,000 donation from Publisher Mortimer B. Zuckerman.
Since then, the fund has more than doubled thanks to generous contributions from “The X Factor” judge Simon Cowell; Z-100’s Elvis Duran; Mets honcho Jeff Wilpon; the Manhattan Institute; Porschla Kidd, wife of Knicks guard Jason Kidd; and hundreds of readers.
And to make giving easier, The News has set up a PayPal account that will enable readers to donate online at nydn.com/sandyappeal. All the money raised will go directly to those in need. Make checks out to long-running Daily News Charities.
Specify in the memo field of the check or in a note that the donation is for the Hurricane Sandy Relief fund.