Reporting Jay Tilles
Blink-182 will soon launch an auction to generate funds for those affected by the Oklahoma tornado.
The band made the announcement via their Facebook page today (May 21) letting fans know that in the upcoming days they will be auctioning off merchandise in hopes to help those most in need.
“We have been to Oklahoma numerous times on tour, including just last year,” the band wrote. “We see all of the people affected by this horrible tragedy as part of our blink-182 family.”
The guys did not give exact details of what exactly will be going up for sale, but mentioned that 100% of proceeds from the items sold will be given back to the people of Oklahoma.
This isn’t the first time blink-182 has put their celebrity to good use. Mark Hoppus, Tom DeLonge and Travis Barker raced to the aid of the Hurricane Sandy survivors last November with the sale of a limited-edition t-shirt emblazoned with their trademark bunny over a map with the stencil “East Coast Pride.” In March 2011, Hoppus auctioned off a series of rare blink-182 band memorabilia to raise funds victims of Japan’s devastating tsunami.
Blink-182 recently announced they’re headlining Chicago’s Riot Fest & Carnival in Humboldt Park. The hard-edged show is set for September 13-15 and features Fall Out Boy, Motorhead, Rancid, AFI, Sublime with Rome and more.
Read the band’s full letter to fans below:
Hello blink-182 friends and family.
As we watch the news again this morning from Oklahoma our hearts as we are sure yours are as well are just broken for the people affected by this devastating tornado. This is just heart wrenching to see what everyone has been through.
We have been to Oklahoma numerous times on tour including just last year. We see all of the people affected by this horrible tragedy as part of our blink-182 family.
In the next few days we will be rolling out some charity auctions and merchandise to raise money (100% of the funds) for the people that have lost everything. We only bring this up now before we have finished the artwork so that as many people possible are able to keep an eye out for this announcement.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Oklahoma.