Metallica Sends $250K To Turkey and Syria Earthquake Aid
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After hearing the news that the death toll surpassed 40,000, Metallica immediately donated $250,000 to aid those affected by the massive earthquake in Turkey and Syria.
The massive earthquake that struck last February 6 measured 7.8 on the Richter scale, was felt intensely for hundreds of kilometers and was followed by more than 2,000 aftershocks, the worst of which measured 7.6.
Damages due to this calamity were estimated to be more than $84 billion, survivors are still being recovered in destroyed towns and villages. The band said in a statement:
“We’re at a loss for words to describe the devastation in southern Turkey and northern Syria.
“The 7.8 magnitude earthquake has reduced the entire region to rubble. The death toll continues to rise, tragically exceeding 36,000 lives lost.”
The statement also noted:
“Two of our All Within My Hands Foundation’s partner organizations, Direct Relief and World Central Kitchen, have boots on the ground providing medical aid and food to the victims of this disaster. AWMH is providing $125,000 grants to each organization to support their relief efforts.
“Direct Relief … is fulfilling requests for medical supplies – with over 22 tons already allocated – such as emergency medical packs, antibiotics, cardiovascular medicines, analgesics, personal hygiene kits, oral rehydration salts, acetaminophen, prenatal vitamins and more. Mobilizing these urgent deliveries follows the organization’s immediate response of providing financial support for search and rescue efforts” the band’s official website for the All Within My Hands posted.
“World Central Kitchen activated its meal distribution channels within hours of the news breaking, with founder Jose Andres personally delivering sandwiches to a shelter. The organization set up a large-scale response that establishes and utilizes its own kitchens. … The organization is currently distributing over 125,000 meals per day, totaling over 600,000 meals within one week.”
Donations can be done through the official website of All Within My Hands.