The actor, along with a group of volunteers, prepared 800 turkey dinners for firefighters battling wildfires in Los Angeles. The team also cooked another 800 dinners for local homeless shelters.
Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey is known as much for his philanthropic activities as he is for his on-screen bravado. As testimony to that, the actor has yet again gone beyond his call of duty by lending a helping hand to those battling the California wildfires. The Wolf of Wall Street actor, who also serves as the creative director of popular Bourbon brand Wild Turkey, joined hands with disaster relief organization Operation BBQ Relief to do his part as multiple wildfires rampage California, a place the Texan calls his "second home".
The actor, along with volunteers from Operation BBQ Relief and Wild Turkey Bourbon, cooked and delivered as many as 800 turkey dinners for firefighters in Los Angeles on Friday, reports CNN. The team also cooked an additional 800 meals for local homeless shelters. The actor personally thanked the men and women who put themselves on the line as he distributed meals to them. McConaughey, through a live video on social media platform Instagram, also introduced some of his fellow volunteers and encouraged his fans and followers to do their bit by contributing their money or time to Wild Turkey’s disaster relief efforts. "Putting some food into bellies that are gonna need it. That's what we're doing here," said McConaughey.
The actor and the Wild Turkey team were initially scheduled to host an event in LA to celebrate National First Responder’s Day and recognize and honor the brave responders who risked their lives to fight last year's Woolsey fire that caused widespread destruction. This year, Wild Turkey has partnered with Operation BBQ Relief to support first responders across the country, and the LA outreach was part of the bourbon brand's annual charity campaign titled "With Thanks". However, in wake of the recent bout of wildfires, the team had to change things around, reports Today.
Speaking about the event, McConaughey, 49, was quoted by People as saying, “Teaming up with Operation BBQ Relief as part of the Wild Turkey "With Thanks" has never been more meaningful. Little did we know when planning this annual event that California, my second home, would once again be hit with devastating fires. Being able to provide meals to the men and women who put themselves on the line is an honor… We are grateful to be here today to say thank you, shine a light on their unwavering conviction, and hopefully inspire others to get involved and help in their own communities."
For the uninitiated, multiple wildfires across the state of California have forced the evacuation of thousands of people. The Kincade Fire that has ravaged the northern part of the state, has destroyed more than 77,000 acres in Sonoma County, in 10 days' time. Meanwhile, in Los Angeles County, another fire called the Getty Fire has burned over 745 acres. It has also forced mandatory evacuation of over 7,000 homes including those of celebrities like LeBron James and Arnold Schwarzenegger. On the other hand, the Tick Fire was recently announced to have been fully contained after it had burned over 4,000 acres in Los Angeles County.