Valdosta Daily Times

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December 12, 2012

It’s all in the numbers

-- — For numerologists, astrologists, psychics, and others who are fascinated with the importance of dates and numbers, today is 12/12/12.

News reports of couples flocking to get marriage certificates in time to wed on this auspicious day report that the most often cited reason is that it’s a date neither groom nor bride is likely to forget.

While some may see a spiritual element in today’s date, others consider the day to be just another Wednesday. Whichever category you may fall in, one event today will make this a special date for thousands of victims of Hurricane Sandy.

The 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief is slated to be the largest event in music history and will benefit the Robin Hood Relief Fund, which is funneling all donations to the Sandy relief efforts in the Northeast.

Touted as a global event, the concert will be broadcast on television, online streaming through YouTube, Hulu, and others, and on satellite radio. The musical lineup includes Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel, Dave Grohl, Alicia Keys, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Kanye West, Eddie Vedder, The Who, Paul McCartney and more, playing live or via satellite at New York’s Madison Square Gardens beginning at 7:30 p.m. today.

Donations will be accepted throughout the concert, which will benefit food banks, housing services and other charitable organizations in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut areas devastated by the storm.

So while 12/12/12 may or may not be of importance to you for its numerical alignment, the concert tonight is of tremendous importance to those who lost homes, cars, businesses, and loved ones in Hurricane Sandy. Consider tuning in and donating if you can to help those in need.

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