Cupid's Pulse Article: Celebrities Come Together at NBC Universal Benefit to Help Hurricane Sandy VictimsCupid's Pulse Article: Celebrities Come Together at NBC Universal Benefit to Help Hurricane Sandy Victims

By Nic Baird

Hurricane Sandy’s destruction of homes and power grids along the East Coast has prompted NBCUniversal to schedule a one-hour telethon special presented live from NBC’s 30 Rock studios in New York on Friday at 8 p.m., according to Hollywood ReporterThe emotional response includes musical performers Bruce Springsteen, Christina Aguilera, Billy Joel, Sting, and Jon Bon Jovi. They will take the stage with actors and media personalities like Brian Williams, Jimmy Fallon, Kevin Bacon, Tiny Fey, and John Stewart to promote hope for the victims. Many networks like HBO, NBCU, SyFy, Style, and others will feature the special to raise donations for The American Red Cross’ Sandy relief.

How do you bond as a couple while giving back at the same time?

Cupid’s Advice:

It’s hard to balance your goals of contributing to the greater good, and growing stronger as a couple. But it’s very easy to manage if you take some cautious steps to make sure your joint venture into charity doesn’t end in a worse disaster than the one you’re fundraising.

1. Discuss your purpose: Before rolling up your sleeves, discuss with your partner the reasons this contribution is important to you. Listen to your significant other’s opinion and ideals regarding future charitable work. If you find a common purpose to share with your partner, then you’ve just hit two birds with one stone.

2. Work together: While dividing up the tasks is an effective way of completing work that is important to both of you, you won’t get the same bonding effect as you will together. Laboring for your cause as a unit, and sacrificing together affirms you’re both on the same team.

3. Review your achievements: After the work is done, it’s time to debrief. You want to make sure you’re both comfortable with the extent of your toils, and the good you’ve accomplished. Discuss the effects your contribution made, the challenges you faced, and ideas for future contributions as a couple.

What are some ways you’ve contributed to causes with your partner? Share your experiences below!