Like many families living in the Northeast, my family vacations at the Jersey Shore over Memorial Day Weekend. We travel to Point Pleasant for a day at Jenkinson’s Boardwalk where we maintain the annual tradition of taking a family photo in one of those old time photo booths. 

Many of us have similar Jersey Shore memories and traditions, but this summer will be very different in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, which devastated the region and turned countless lives upside down. Progress has been made, but there is still much to be done, and Comcast has continued their pledge to provide disaster relief to the region. 

In the immediate aftermath of Sandy, Comcast provided open XFINITY WiFi access for people in the impacted areas. In addition, through their cross-company collaboration with NBCUniversal, the Dec. 12 Sandy Relief Concert raised $23 million. And at this year’s Comcast Cares Day, about 250 company volunteers provided relief to Highlands, NJ to repair and restore impacted areas.

Memorial Day marks the start of summer and Comcast’s relief efforts will continue into the summer. 

In addition to sponsoring dozens of movie nights and other weekend events in shore towns, we’ve launched a "Welcome Back" to the shore campaign, focused on upgrading 144 miles of infrastructure supporting the hardest hit Jersey Shore communities. 

Those customers will be among the first to experience the latest XFINITY innovations, including the X1 Platform, our latest Entertainment Operating System that delivers a more personalized TV experience. X1 includes next generation features like an enhanced interface, apps, social media integration and a DVR capable of recording four shows at once that can be enjoyed in any room. 

Comcast is also delivering entertainment faster and in more places. The new XFINITY Wireless Gateway provides the nation's fastest wireless speeds. This means you’ll have no problem powering a house full of smartphones, tablets and laptops. 

We’ve also added thousands of additional XFINITY WiFi hotspots to the Jersey Shore so that customers can access all of their personalized entertainment on the beach or by the pool. We’re also opening up all Xfinity WiFi hotspots to everyone – customers and non-customers starting Friday and through July 4th.

While the tragedy of Sandy will not soon be forgotten, Comcast hopes that these efforts will help our families create new and lasting summer memories.

(Photo: AP Images)