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Metallica Fight Fire With Fire, Pledge $100K In Relief For California Wildfires
Metallica have donated a total of $100,000 through their non-profit foundation, All Within My Hands, to help victims of the California wildfires taking place over the past month. The band made the announcement online, encouraging their fans to add donations of own to either the Sonoma County Resilience Fund or the Wildfire Relief Fund, each of whom will receieve $50k from the Bay Area-based GRAMMY winners.
"Both organizations are dedicated to long-term recovery efforts, helping residents resume normal lives as they get back on their feet after the devastation of these firestorms," they wrote. "We would also like to encourage you to join us in supporting those in need as well as the first responders who have been working tirelessly to keep Californians safe. Whether you are able to contribute money, non-perishable food, clothing and other supplies, or your time by volunteering or providing temporary housing, every bit helps."
This marks the third consecutive year Metallica have offered wildfire relief, donating $100k in 2018 and playing a relief show in San Francisco in 2017.
"Sadly, for the third year in a row, communities we have called home throughout the state of California are again experiencing the tragedy left in the wake of wildfires," the post reads.
Earlier this year, Metallica and All Within My Hands, along with Feeding America, held their second annual Day Of Service, inviting volunteers to visit food banks in communities that supported the band on their extensive WorldWired Tour. They also donated about $277,000 toward construction of Romania’s first children’s cancer center in August, and $70,000 to assist Germany's youth welfare services.
Back on the U.S. west coast, the recent fires have devastated areas of both Northern and Southern California displacing thousands and causing power outages for more than half a million people to prevent the fires from spreading. According to Cal Fire, the fires have burned over 75,000 acres this year in its jurisdiction.
For more info on how you can support, visit the All Within My Hands website.