ABC/Randy HolmesThis past Wednesday, Metallica held their first Day of Service, a country-wide volunteering effort in coordination with the band’s All Within My Hands charity foundation. In a piece written for Rolling Stone, drummer Lars Ulrich says that the response to the program has been “overwhelming.”

“We’re so proud of the passion and the selflessness that our fans brought to all their local chapters around the country,” Ulrich writes. “All the reports that have ended up in my inbox reflect nothing but goodwill, good deeds, good vibes and good energy.”

Nearly 2,000 Metallica fans volunteered at their local food bank for the Day of Service, while the metal legends themselves donated $5,000 to California’s San Francisco-Marin Food Bank.

“As someone who has been a loner for most of my life, being in the Metallica family has always given me a sense of belonging and made me feel like I was not alone,” Ulrich writes.

“As we all know, hard rock can sometimes, in different parts of the world, be looked down upon as a second-class member of the global music community,” he continues. “So we are additionally pleased that we can show everyone that hard-rock and metal fans can be as compassionate and as selfless as any other people in the worldwide charitable family and the bad stigma that sometimes is hung upon them/us as somehow lesser citizens can be readdressed.”

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Source: Classic Rock News