Metallica announced on Friday (November 16th) that the band has donated $100,000 toward wildfire relief efforts in California through its All Within My Hands charitable foundation. The group said in a statement, “Sadly once again communities in California are experiencing historically devastating wild fires in both the Northern and Southern parts of the state. All Within My Hands has made a $50,000 donation each to the North Valley Community Foundation and the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation; both agencies provide service to victims at evacuation centers and other much needed relief.”
The statement continued, “We would like to encourage you to join us in supporting those in need and our first responders in any way you can by donating money, non-perishable food, clothing and other supplies or by giving your time volunteering or providing temporary housing. Every little bit helps.”
The rash of wildfires in northern and southern California have so far killed at least 71 people, destroyed thousands of buildings and scorched hundreds of thousands of acres of land. More than 1,000 people are still missing in the aftermath of the still-burning blazes. The Camp Fire in northern California is the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history.
In its first six months of operation, the All Within My Hands Foundation donated more than $750,000 to local food banks around the world, a practice the band and the Foundation have continued on Metallica's current North American tour. They've donated $10,000 to local food banks in every city and met dedicated people who focus their daily lives on helping others.