The act of kindness comes amid the coronavirus pandemic and we could not have loved the 95-year-old icon anymore.
Dick Van Dyke is know for being one of the most amiable and kind-hearted stars in the Hollywood industry, where most celebrities can be quite difficult and selfish. Living up to this reputation, the 95-year-old legend was seen handing out cash to people who need it to get by during this pandemic. The Mary Poppins star, who appeared in the role of chimney sweep Bert in the 1964 classic, was seen giving back to the community on Tuesday afternoon while running some errands in Malibu. On his way, he happened to stop at the Malibu Community Labor Exchange on Civic Center Way and give out wads of cash to job seekers, reports Daily Mail.
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Dick Van Dyke, 95, is seen handing out wads of CASH to struggling job seekers in touching act of kindness amid the pandemic— ImageKingUSA (@ImageKingUSA1) April 1, 2021
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Per Malibu Community Labor Exchange's website, it is "a community-created nonprofit organization that provides an organized and supportive place for the people of Malibu to hire and be hired, creating opportunities for the unemployed to build independence and self-sufficiency through work." In pictures taken by a cameraman at the Labor Exchange, recipients present outside can be seen all excited as they notice the Bye Bye Birdie actor. Van Dyke stuns them all by pulling up in his car and distributing money among those waiting in line.
I am in love with this man.— Madeleine (@madlymad) March 31, 2021
Although it's not known how much cash Van Dyke distributed, it was quite clear that the group of people was truly touched by his random act of kindness. The actor is no stranger to helping out the community as he has worked as a volunteer at Los Angeles' century-old shelter, The Midnight Mission, for more than 20 years, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He has also participated in campaigns to increase fundings for art and music programs in schools. Additionally, he has been a spokesperson for the National Reye's Syndrome Foundation and the Cell therapy Foundation.
"Throughout his legendary career, Dick Van Dyke has touched hearts, lifted spirits, and spread joy and laughter around the world through his brilliant, timeless performances," expressed Bob Iger who co-chaired the 2014 Princess Grace Awards which was a part of the Princess Grace Foundation’s annual gala. During the event, Van Dyke received the PGF-USA’s Prince Rainier III Award for being a prominent artist in film, television, and theatre who also made considerable service to their communities.
Few things are better thn 93 year old Dick Van Dyke dancing at a dept store............ pic.twitter.com/Pk5NwBebc3— 🇳🇱Boomsday Device🇨🇿 (@BoomsdayDevice) August 19, 2019
"He has also used the spotlight to raise awareness of important issues, supported music and arts programs in our public schools, and for more than 20 years, he’s made life a little brighter for the men and women at L.A.’s Midnight Mission. Dick has entertained us all while making a very real difference in the lives of others, and we are proud to recognize his incredible career and character with this year’s Prince Rainier III Award," Iger said. "As an icon in the entertainment industry, Mr. Van Dyke is commemorated for using his celebrity to help people live full and meaningful lives. He pursues helping children, teens, and at-risk individuals with the same passion and fervor we have witnessed in his artistry over the years," added Toby Boshak, the executive director of PGF-USA.
Dick Van Dyke singing "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" in a restaurant is the content we all need right now! pic.twitter.com/kGvqCgLvPe— Giles Paley-Phillips (@eliistender10) March 24, 2021
Time and again, the notable actor has captivated his audience with his exceptional performance. That's why he has bagged the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award and has made a place in the Television Hall of Fame. Even to this day, the artist has not stopped entertaining as he was recently filmed singing Chitty Chitty Bang Bang from his movie at a deli. Then two years ago, he was seen grooving in a department store. At 90, he was dancing to "Step in Time" from Mary Poppins. Van Dyke still seems like an unstoppable force and we hope that he continues to spread joy through his work.