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Metallica Donate $250,000 to West Coast Wildfire Relief and Recovery Charities

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Say what you will about Metallica’s creative trajectory over the years — you can’t argue that the dudes don’t give back. Maybe they should be called Menschtallica, eh?

The latest from the band: their All Within My Hands Foundation is donating $250,000 to five charities providing relief for the fires currently destroying a sizable portion of the west coast of the United States.

Says the band via their website:

“Wildfires have become a cruel and unwelcome annual benchmark in California, and this year we have seen them tragically extend across the entire west coast of our country. This is the fourth consecutive year, dating back to the formation of the Foundation, that All Within My Hands has activated to support fire relief: the critical local services component of our mission.

“This year, we will be donating a sum of $250,000 to five organizations on the front line of this environmental crisis that has made its way into the lives and homes of far too many. The organizations include the California Community Foundation’s Wildfire Relief FundOregon Community Foundation’s Wildfire Relief and Recovery FundCommunity Foundation Santa Cruz County’s Fire Response FundNorth Valley Community Foundation Wildfire Relief and Recovery Fund, and Community Foundation of North Central Washington NCW Fire Relief Fund.

“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 safe, temporary housing. Every little bit helps.”

This is in addition to the $750,000 they donated to relief efforts for the wildfires in Australia back in January. For those of you who aren’t great at math, that means the band has now collectively donated a million bucks to two variations of the same cause.

That’s $310,000 than Amazon’s Jeff Bezos — the richest man in the world — has donated to those same causes, even though he’s worth more than 99% than all four members of Metallica combined. I don’t really have a point, I just wanted to remind you that Jeff Bezos is a prick.

You can learn more about the charities to which Metallica has donated here.

The band is said to be working on new material while under quarantine. In August, they released  S&M²,  a recording of the band’s 2019 performance with the San Francisco Symphony, which was itself a celebration of 1999’s original S&M

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