“In times like this, when people are giving their lives, and working around the clock, what they need from us is resource,” said John Cena.
It's always great when celebrities come forward and put their hard-earned money to good use. Wrestler, actor, and rapper John Cena now hopes to help first responders as California’s fast-moving fires continue to disrupt the state, according to People. The 42-year-old star took to Twitter to announce that since his upcoming film Playing with Fire, “showcases a group of people I believe are heroes: First responders,” it only seems right that he steps in to help them during such a dire time.
Cena, who plays a firefighter in the film, posted a video of himself on social media describing how he wanted to help the cause, and he also added that he hoped Paramount Pictures would follow suit. I’m asking that today on #FirstRespondersDay we do everything we can do to help those who risk their lives to protect us all, he captioned the post. After explaining why he found the cause extremely important, he spoke about the situation in California and how he hoped to contribute.
I LOVE JOHN, HES SO INSPIRING, ALWAYS SPEAKS THE TRUTH💯— dvmian (@dvmians) October 28, 2019
“Right now, California is in dire straits. It is burning. It is under siege from massive wildfires statewide, which means that our first responders are working around the clock and they need our help,” he shared in the clip. Cena added that after asking himself, “What can I do?” he was able to “come up with an answer,” which was to ask the producer of the film, Paramount Pictures, to step in with assistance.
Thank you Mr. Cena your remarks are heartfelt and genuinely appreciated please take a look at my page for a first hand look at the devastating effects of these fires. There are many Californians that need help because they have lost their homes.— Michael Dubron (@MichaelDubron) October 29, 2019
“I want Paramount to do me one favor. I want them to pick a charity. Pick a charity that aids our first responders as soon as possible," he said. “On behalf of Playing with Fire, and out of respect to the people who I truly believe are heroes, my response will be to immediately donate half a million dollars to this cause,” he continued. “In times like this, when people are giving their lives, and working around the clock, what they need from us is resource,” Cena added. “This is the right thing to do, and I’m doing my part to help the cause.”
My dad is a first responder John, I’m so proud of him for risking his life for other even if they wouldn’t do the same for him. We both look up to you as a rolemodel and he really appreciates you tweeting this ❤️❤️❤️❤️— 𝓣𝓸𝓶 (@Mr__Consistent) October 28, 2019
He ended the heartfelt video by wishing everyone “the best of luck” and to “please stay safe.” “You are our heroes,” he closed out the clip, addressing first responders. Thousands of Los Angeles residents were forced to evacuate after a raging fire broke out on Monday morning. The Getty fire, said to have started around 1:30 a.m. local time adjacent to the 405 Freeway near the Getty Center, had burned through more than 500 acres, according to Mayor Eric Garcetti at a press conference.
The Los Angeles Fire Department has since issued mandatory evacuations for more than 10,000 homes and buildings. Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas also spoke at the press conference, saying the city was in a “dangerous season,” mentioning several other recent fires like the Saddleridge Fire and the Palisades Fire. Here's hoping that people follow John Cena's footsteps and come forward to help these people in need!
Hopefully, others will follow your example. Thank you for setting the standard and the tone.— Neil W. McFarland (@McfarlandNeil) October 29, 2019