[artist id="783"]Blink-182[/artist] are the latest artists to get involved in trying to aid the victims of Japan's deadly earthquake and tsunami. The reunited pop punk trio's Mark Hoppus has set up an eBay auction site on which he's offering up a number of rare items in an effort to raise funds for the survivors of the massive 8.9-magnitude quake that hit the country on Thursday.
Singer Hoppus has donated a raft of items, from the original handwritten lyrics sheet for the group's early hit, "Rock Show," which is already drawing bids in excess of $17,000, to used backstage passes, the band's dressing-room sign from the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards and the orange sweater Hoppus wore in the "Dammit" video.
At press time all items had gotten significant bids, including a "What's My Age Again" promo CD ($2,025), the VMA sign ($3,050), the orange sweater ($2,226.99), a hand-painted Blink bunny figurine ($1,000) and the backstage pass ($905).
Hoppus announced his intention to raise the funds on Friday, just hours after the quake struck, tweeting, "So sad for what's happening in Japan. Gonna dig in the bins & find some old blink-182 items to auction for the Red Cross." He then chronicled each item as it went up and solicited fans for requests on what things they'd be interested in bidding on.
Hoppus joined a growing group of artists offering their assistance in raising funds for the Japanese people, including Lady Gaga, Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda and actor Charlie Sheen.
For more information on what you can do to help with earthquake and tsunami relief efforts in Japan, head to MTV Act, or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.